Fresh off making sports history as the first openly-gay man to sign an NFL contract, Michael Sam celebrated in true St. Louis style: with a night out at Just John Nightclub, the Grove's preeminent gay bar.
Sam met fans and took a spin in the DJ booth Friday night before continuing the party across the street at Siam, formerly the lesbian bar Novak's.
"I don't get star struck usually, but I just completely freaked out when [Sam] came into my bar," says owner John Oberkramer, who got a photo with one of St. Louis' newest Rams. "He's super, super, super nice. It was cool he came here first."
Sam and the other ten rookies in his draft class signed to the St. Louis Rams on Thursday, solidifying Sam's place as the first out gay player in the NFL. Sam signed a four-year, $2.65 million contract, with $46,000 guaranteed, according to FOX Sports.
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