Michael Sam Pens Letter Thanking University Of Missouri

Michael Sam headed back to his home turf at the University of Missouri this week for Pro Day—an annual event designed for NFL scouts to survey prospects on their own college fields. Along with his return to Mizzou, Sam penned a Letter to the Editor for the university's publication, the Missourian, thanking his peers and the institution. 

An excerpt:

"When I came out last month, I did it with the confidence that my Mizzou "family" would always be there for me.

To put it mildly, the love and acceptance I felt was amazing.

The day after the announcement, my name was spelled out in the stadium; fraternities hung #StandWithSam banners; then when I went to the basketball game to honor the football team's Cotton Bowl victory, I worked hard not to cry because of the amazing reception.

I have a long journey ahead of me, a lot of hard work and many dreams I want to fulfill.

But I do it with the confidence that my Mizzou family will be there for me every step of the way.

I will continue to work my hardest; I will strive to make you all proud."

Michael's future in the NFL will be decided next month when the draft kicks off Thursday, May 8.