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'Have the courage to be yourself' - Michael Sam's moving awards speech
The NFL’s first openly gay player delivered inspiring words at the ESPY ceremony last night.

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MICHAEL SAM, THE first openly gay professional American football player, delivered a moving speech after accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the annual ESPY ceremony in the States last night.

The 24-year-old moved some of those present to tears as talked about what he has learned on his life journey, which has led him onto the roster of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams.

“To anyone out there, especially young people feeling like they don’t fit in, and will never be accepted, please know this: great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself,” said Sam.

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