Michael Sam will soon be turning his attention from the football field to the dance floor.
Sam, who made history last year as the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, is (at least temporarily) moving into reality TV by joining the 20th season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
Other notable names to join Sam for this season of "Dancing With The Stars" include Patti LaBelle, Rumer Willis and gold-medal-winning gymnast Nastia Liukin.
It's a dramatic shift for Sam, who is not currently on the NFL roster after being released by the St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys last year (although he did show off some moves in a video of himself dancing to Michael Jackson at a gay bar in a video picked up by TMZ).
He took to Twitter to address naysayers who might criticize the move.
Very excited to be a part of @DancingABC. Football remains my unquestioned number 1 priority, however, while I continue to train and (1/4)
stay ready, I am ecstatic to participate in a fun, athletic competition like so many players before me have done. Filming this (2/4)
offseason is very flexible and allows me to be part of the veterans combine 3/22 if accepted or any other workouts. (3/4)
It's shaping up to be another big year for Sam, who proposed to boyfriend Vito Cammisano while traveling in Europe in January.
Earlier this month, the athlete reflected on his coming out experience at the Human Rights Campaign's "Time to Thrive" conference in Oregon. Head here to watch the speech.