Oprah Winfrey's network, OWN
If Michael Sam didn't know he was playing in the big leagues, he definitely knows it now since Oprah has come calling.
released that it plans to produce a documentary series following the life of St. Louis Rams draftee Michael Sam,
the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL
“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” Winfrey said. “I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format. The next real-life story we follow in ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.”
According to OWN
, the series will take an up-close look at the "man recently drafted by the St. Louis Rams in a groundbreaking moment in professional sports". Cameras will follow Sam as he works to earn a spot on the Rams while under a media microscope.
“Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability,” Sam said. “I am determined. And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that's great. I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together.”
This is not only huge for Michael Sam, but also for the NFL and the OWN Network. While OWN dipped their toe a little into the world of sports with the Deion Sander's reality show, "Deion's Family Playbook".
will be sort of like the hit HBO
series "Hard Knocks"
but focusing on one player, not an entire team. While OWN
has a high female demographic, I will be interested to see how many men actually tune-in to watch Sam's journey.
has not said how many episodes there will be or when the series will premier.
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