Michael Sam, Gay NFL Hopeful, Stars In New Visa Commercial (VIDEO)

05/09/2014 01:37 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016
  • James Nichols The Huffington Post

College football star Michael Sam has signed his first endorsement deal with Visa as he volleys to become the first openly gay member of the NFL.

During the course of the advertisement, Sam is shown lifting weights and telling the viewer to judge him based on his performance on the field -- not off of it.

"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 said in a statement. "We wish Michael the best on and off the field as he embarks on the next chapter of his life."

Sam came out as gay in February, poising him to become the first openly gay player in NFL History. It is projected that he will be drafted this upcoming Saturday.

(h/t Towleroad)

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