Michael Sam, Highest-Profile Draft Hopeful In NFL History, Signs First Endorsement Deal

022414-nfl-Michael-Sam-pi-mp.vadapt.955.medium.13NFL draft hopeful Michael Sam hasn’t even been chosen to officially join the NFL yet, but that hasn’t stopped him from trying to rake in the pro athlete dough. This week, he signs his first major endorsement deal with Visa, the second profitable business move he’s made since coming out in early February.

In his first official spot for the brand, Sam is seen pumping iron and encouraging the viewer to “remember him” for his work on the field, not his sexuality.

“We felt that Michael’s story was a perfect fit for our ‘everywhere’ campaign, which is meant to inspire people to reach their own personal goals and aspirations,” Visa’s chief marketing officer Kevin Burke told ESPN. “We wish Michael the best on and off the field as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.”

ABC News reports that despite being a late-round candidate for the draft, Sam has received more endorsement deals than any other NFL hopeful in history. Visa, the exclusive payment services sponsor of the NFL for the last 20 years, will most likely not be the first company he’ll represent.


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  • Billy Budd

    I hope he becomes a bilionnaire.

  • Dakotahgeo

    This is… INDEED… GREAT NEWS!!

  • SeanRESU

    Good for him.

  • GayBacon

    I really hope he gets drafted :-S GOOD LUCK VIBES TO SAM!

    Such a hottie and brave person, I think him being drafted would just inspire so many young gay kids to participate in sports more often than not.

  • Mezaien

    Michael Sam, what a dude indeed. If you fall I will cutch you I will be right there time after time; You the hero Homie, and I sleep with the T shirt I got from you.

  • jayj150

    An incredible guy, a real inspiration for gay kids everywhere.

  • Mikah

    That’s great.:)

  • Snapper59

    People forget fast VISA was the primary sponsor of the Russia winter Olympics and had squat to say about gay rights there.

  • sportyguy1983

    He better snap up as many endorsement deals now as possible. I predict his playing career will be mediocre at best.

  • Black Pegasus

    @sportyguy1983: I hope you’re proven wrong, but I’m afraid you may be right. Despite his healthy self esteem, I believe he can only thrive so much without being affected by the hate and subtle homophobia from team mates and coaching staff. This may indeed have an impact on his level of play/performance.

    Hopefully, he’ll surprise us all.

  • sportyguy1983

    He isn’t big enough or fast enough to keep up. It is repugnant that you automatic assume homophobia from people. shame on you.

  • Blackceo

    Michael Sam drafted by the St Louis Rams. They showed him kissing his boyfriend after getting the news!! What an amazing and historical moment!!! Congratulations Michael.

  • Dakotahgeo

    @Blackceo: ABSOLUTELY the BEST NEWS YET! Sam will indeed show them how it’s done!

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