Michael Sam is stepping away from football for mental health reasons

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL, announced Friday he is stepping away from football. He cited "mental health" as the reason in a series of tweets.

Sam, 25, had joined the CFL's Montreal Alouettes after he didn't get a spot on the St. Louis Rams or the Dallas Cowboys.

The last 12 months have been very difficult for me, to the point where I became concerned with my mental health. Because of this I am 1/3

Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 14, 2015

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