Michael Sam wins Arthur Ashe Award for Courage
St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam accepted the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 17, 2014.
The defensive end tearfully walked up on stage after receiving a standing ovation. Michael Sam addressed the crowd and said, "This year I have a lot of experience being part of something bigger than myself. At times, I felt like I was living in a massive storm, but I'm here to tell you the lessons I learned about love and respect will never leave me." In another touching moment, he addressed his boyfriend Vito Cammisano: "Vito, people tell me I'm very inspirational, but you're my inspiration."