Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who publicly revealed this month that he is gay, has signed autograph deals with trading card companies Topps, Upper Deck, Panini, Sage and Press Pass, according to a report Wednesday from Darren Rovell of ESPN.
Sam is expected to be a mid-round pick in May's NFL draft. He was the SEC's co-defensive player of the year last season. An official from one of the companies - Press Pass - told Rovell that Sam's recent announcement made signing him a "no brainer."
Sam's agent told Rovell that his client- whose autographs will be featured on jerseys and mini helmets, in addition to cards - is concentrating on training for the draft.