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11/17/2014 03:18 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Michael Sam Is One Of GQ's Men Of The Year For 2014 (PHOTO)

Michael Sam might be currently looking for another opportunity to prove he can play in the NFL after being released from the Dallas Cowboys's practice squad last month. But the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and former All-American at the University of Missouri has nonetheless nabbed another huge honor: being named one of GQ's Men of the Year for 2014.

Sam's interview with the magazine will be rolled out later this week. In the meantime, the athlete tweeted an image of his cover shot:

Sam, who became the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL last spring, graces one of six GQ covers released as part of the Men of the Year rollout. The 24-year-old shares the honor with "Guardians of the Galaxy" hunk Chris Pratt, Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley of “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Foxcatcher” star Steve Carell, among others.

Way to go, Sam!

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