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President Obama congratulates Sam, Rams

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Soon after the St. Louis Rams used the 249th overall choice on Michael Sam, President Barack Obama offered congratulations to Sam and the Rams for the historic moment.

Via a statement issued through the White House, Obama praised the Rams and Sam for their respective courage in making the Missouri defensive end the first openly gay football player to be taken in the NFL draft.

“The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward today in our Nation’s journey. From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are,” the statement read.

The president's words were just a few of the mostly overwhelming support Sam and the Rams received in the minutes and hours after the choice was made.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was among a number of celebrities to take to Twitter to offer congratulations to the Rams and Sam.

Sam and the rest of the Rams' rookie class is scheduled to arrive in St. Louis on Monday with media availability set for Tuesday afternoon.