02/11/2014 08:47 pm ET Updated Feb 11, 2014

Michael Sam Will Be On The Cover Of Sports Illustrated (PHOTO)

Before Michael Sam reaches the NFL, he's coming to a newsstand near you.

Just days after the All-American defensive lineman from Missouri publicly came out as gay, "Sports Illustrated" announced that he will be featured on the cover of the next issue.

With some anonymous NFL executives already saying that Sam publicly coming out as gay will negatively affect his draft stock, the SI cover asks, "Is the NFL ready for Michael Sam?" In the image gracing the cover, Sam looks ready for any challenge that may come his way.

“We went through a bunch of pictures of him and that photo was just so striking,” Sports Illustrated managing editor Chris Stone said, via For The Win. “(It seemed like) he had a very direct message and that photo displayed someone who is very confident.”



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