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12/23/2014 08:27 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How Michael Sam Knew He Made The Right Choice In Coming Out (VIDEO)

It was a moment we'll never forget. In May 2014, Michael Sam made history when he became the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL. Following the emotional news, he celebrated with a hug and a kiss from boyfriend Vito Cammisano.

In a preview from the 90-minute documentary "Michael Sam," he shares what was running through his mind in the agonizing moments waiting for the phone to ring.

"The draft was the longest three days of my life," Sam says in the above video. "I went upstairs and was thinking, 'Should I have came out? Did I make the right choice of coming out and telling the world I was gay?'"

As he was questioning himself, Sam says he felt a hand on his shoulder. "And that person was Vito," he says.

His boyfriend's sign of support was all Sam needed.

"In that moment I was like, 'I don't care what happens, I made the right choice to come out," he says.

Sam was selected in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams, but ultimately cut from the team. He was then signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad and waived after seven weeks. Sam is now acting as a free agent.

Immediately following the documentary, Sam sits down with Oprah for his first television interview since being cut. During the interview, she asks questions such as, "Do you think now that the reason why you are not with a team is because you weren't good enough to play, or because you are gay?"

Oprah also asks Sam if other gay men in the NFL reached out to him, and Sam nods his head yes. Watch a preview below.

"Michael Sam" airs on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 9 p.m. ET on OWN. Then at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, in a special episode of "Oprah Prime," Oprah sits down with Michael for his first interview since being cut from the NFL.

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