Michael Sam and boyfriend Vito Cammisano are engaged after the most romantic proposal EVER in Vatican City!

The football player posted the photo on Twitter showing him down on one knee in front of Vito, with the caption "Thank you for saying yes". The picture was taken atop St. Peter's Basilica and ugh, it's just unbelievably sweet.

Vito posted a picture of his diamond ring afterwards, with the biggest smile on his face.

Sam of course made history in 2014 as the first openly gay man drafted by the NFL.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

After being cut by the St. Louis Rams over the weekend, Michael Sam will not be the first openly gay player to take to the football field when they open against the Minnesota Vikings on September 7.

However, the absence of the former University of Missouri defensive end from the roster is down to performance and the team’s needs — not homophobia or the desire to avoid distractions in the locker room, as reported by several media outlets.

“I have heard a lot of opinions by folks including on our network regarding what should be happening now with Michael Sam’s career, but unless you have watched the video tape — and I have not — of every play of the preseason, it is really hard to say that he belongs on a roster somewhere or a practice squad,” ESPN’s Monday Night Football play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico told Popdust and fellow reporters in a conference call Tuesday.

“I think the St. Louis Rams handled it as well as possible and gave Michael Sam the chance to focus on being a football player. We all know that seventh round [draft] picks aren't guaranteed to make the NFL and to make rosters, a large percentage don’t,” he explained.

Fortunately not all is lost for Sam, as it was announced later on Tuesday that he is heading to Dallas for a physical with the Cowboys' practice squad, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Before the latest announcement, longtime SportsCenter anchor Tirico went on to say that “is because he is just a 4-3 defensive end, there are limited places he can find a home, because half the league plays 3-4 so it doesn’t give him as many options as a different position player would.” However, Tirico, who has been dubbed the Michael Jordan of broadcasting, said he applauded Sam “for what he has done and what he has been able to do this preseason, and I hope he gets an opportunity with someone’s practice squad as the NFL season goes on. He will get the opportunity to grow over the years — just because it didn’t happen within this moment doesn’t mean that Michael Sam doesn’t have a career and his hopes aren’t necessarily done. "I hope he has a future with one of the NFL teams or a chance to prove himself with the CFL (Canadian Football League)," he added.

MNF analyst Jon Gruden also told the media that he encourages Sam “to keep digging and keep working, stay ready, someone will give him another opportunity whether it is within the NFL or in Canada. There are hundreds of players who just got released, hundreds that didn’t make the final 53-man roster,” explained the former Super Bowl-winning coach. “Hopefully someone will give them a chance.

Everyone is fighting tremendous odds to make it in the NFL, and not everybody gets as close to even get a chance, so keep your phone line open and get ready for your next workout,” he advised. Sam, 24, publically came out in February, when he told Chris Connelly from ESPN's Outside the Lines, “I am a gay man and I am happy to be one.” He was taken by the Rams and coach Jeff Fisher with the 249th overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft but released in the final round of cuts to reduce their roster as fellow rookie Ethan Westbrooks was deemed a more versatile player, according to reports. As always, Sam took the news with dignity and tweeted on Saturday and thanked Rams for the opportunity. “The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known. The journey continues,” he told his 184,000 followers.

Anderson Cooper was taking no prisoners when he tackled a hypocritical Dallas TV presenter for her homophobic hissy fit over the Michael Sam same sex kiss.

As Popdust previously reported, the St. Louis Rams drafted Sam last week, making him the NFL’s first openly gay player. The defensive end was the 249th pick, and cameras were rolling when he received the good news and (GASP!!!!) kissed his boyfriend.

NOTE: The KISS was actually more of a chaste peck by anybody sane’s standards…but.. we’re not talking sane here.

Anderson dedicated the Ridiculist segment of his CNN show Monday night to calling Amy Kushir on her bullshit—and the end result is sublime, just like the silver fox himself.

Kushir is a co-host of Dallas morning show, The Broadcast, which, by all appearances is a poor man’s version of ABC hormonal hotbed, The View.

Kushir’s moral indignity reached boiling point during a discussion about the oh-so-offensive Sam kiss—causing her to eventually storm off set.

During her amazingly ridiculous meltdown she voiced her anger at ESPN for daring to air the embrace, railing against the kiss footage for “being pushed in faces.”

She went on to allege that she would have been just as offended if it was a male-female kiss, claiming she frequently yells ‘get a room’ when subjected to the horror of ANY gender mix on-camera shows of affection.

Yeah. Sure Amy.

She also went on a ludicrous rant about how the networks NEVER show any footage of players kissing their WIVES or GIRLFRIENDS…. seriously?

Anderson wasted no time in airing some delightful footage of Ms. Kushir herself happily kissing two semi-clad male strippers on air during one of her morning show segments—presumably they weren’t able to “get a room” at time of filming—before going on to NAIL her ass.

“It was OK she was kissing strippers and she didn’t even really know them… it’s not like two guys who are actually in love or anything,” Cooper quipped.

“Look, I get a lot of people certainly agree with Amy Kushir, no doubt… and that’s certainly their prerogative.. and it’s going to take time.. there was a recent Huffo poll that found nearly half those surveyed thought it was inappropriate for networks to show the Michael Sam kiss and people are allowed to have their opinions but to Amy Kushir’s argument that nobody shows football players kissing their wives or their girlfriends.. well, that’s simply not true.

“And I don’t think she’s being exactly honest when she says she wouldn’t want to see that either, or, that she yells ‘get a room’ whenever she sees that. If she’s comfortable seeing one kind of affection and not another, why not just say that and leave the disingenuous excuses about why you’re uncomfortable where they belong?”

Ah…how do I love thee Anderson? Let me count the ways…..

Or should we say...his OWN reality show. (You'll see.)

Like Lindsay Lohan before him, Michael Sam—the first openly gay NFL player—is getting a reality show on Oprah's TV network OWN. The great lady herself is excited about the prospect: "We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever."

The show has already been taping for two weeks and will follow Sam's journey into professional football. Based on the reaction to Sam and boyfriend Vito Cammisano's big onscreen kiss, it's obvious this show will have a healthy mix of lovers and haters.

(We're lovers.)


In case you missed it, the St. Louis Rams drafted the NFL's first openly gay player yesterday. Defensive end Michael Sam was the 249th pick, and, lucky for everyone, the moment he received the news was caught on tape.

Watch the University of Missouri alum hear the good news and kiss his boyfriend if you want to feel happy.

(Read the comments on YouTube if you want to roll your eyes.)