(CNN) – The White House is offering support to Michael Sam for his decision to announce that he is gay.
The All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri could be the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL.
Vice President Joe Biden and Michelle Obama tweeted abut Sam.
White House press secretary Jay Carney says President Obama also supports Sam's decision.
"I have nothing specifically from the President at this time, except to say that he shares the sentiments expressed by the First Lady and the Vice President, and so many others marveling at his courage and congratulating him on the decision he made, the support he has from his team and wishing him well in the future including in professional football," Carney said. "Any athlete's abilities should be measured by what, in the traditional ways, in terms of how he or she performs in the sport, and on the field in this case. And in this case, his performance has been exceptional. So I think that would be the president's view, but I haven't talked to him about it.
Sam was named the top defensive player in the Southeastern Conference, which is considered the nation's best league.
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