To mark Michael Sam’s historic entrance into the NFL as the league’s first openly gay player, the Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered a multi-part documentary series that will chronicle his personal and professional life as he becomes the first LGBT ambassador to the largest professional sports league in America.
The still-untitled series will reportedly follow Sam from the moment he was drafted to the St. Louis Rams until he hits the field with his brand new team, while observing the challenges that come with being a controversial figure and one of the most-noted rookies.
According to Out Sports, a camera crew for the documentary was in the room to film the smooch seen ’round the world when Sam first received the news, though they’re being careful not to “interfere with his primary goal.” “Michael is focused on football and making the St. Louis Rams team,” said Howard Bragman, Sam’s publicist who is also a producer of the docu-series.
“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” said Oprah. “I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format. The next real-life story we follow in ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.”
“Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability,” Sam added. “I am determined. And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great. I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together.”
A premiere date has yet to be announced.