St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam delivered a powerful speech after accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPYs.

Sam was recognized for his courage in publicly coming out and becoming the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL.

Both Sam and the audience had tears in their eyes as he shared the story of a young woman he'd met who was contemplating suicide instead of telling her family she was gay.

"To anyone out there, especially young people feeling like you don’t fit in, or are not accepted, great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself," Sam said.

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