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10/21/2014 04:10 pm ET Updated Oct 21, 2014

Michael Sam Released By Dallas Cowboys, Vows To Keep Fighting For NFL Job

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Michael Sam is looking for a new team and another opportunity to prove he can play in the NFL after the Dallas Cowboys cut him from their practice squad. The team announced the release of Sam, the first openly gay football player ever to be drafted into the NFL, from their 10-man practice squad on Tuesday.

Sam took to Twitter and told his thousands of followers that he will continue fighting "for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday":

Sam, the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and former All-American at the University of Missouri, was selected by the St. Louis Rams with the 249th pick in the seventh round of the 2014 draft. But Sam didn't end up making the Rams' 53-man roster or their 10-man practice squad. Shortly after his release, the Cowboys signed him to their practice squad. Cutting Sam frees up a spot for linebacker Troy Davis, per the Cowboys' official website.

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