- Rams clear the way for Sam to be NFL's first openly gay player
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His emotional response was celebrated and criticized by both fans and players.
Looking ahead to his future in the NFL, "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King asked how he will be received on the field and in the locker room.
NFL players, according to CBS Sports lead NFL analyst Phil Simms, have treated gay players "great."
"What do you think goes on in NFL locker rooms? It's the friendliest place. It is a great place," Simms said. "There have been many gay football players in NFL locker rooms over the years. ... But you didn't know it, but the players knew and everybody knew and they treated them great.
He added, "There was the incident last year, of course, down in Miami with Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, but that stuff really doesn't happen. Something bad is going to happen in every workplace, but the NFL locker room -- it's amazing how it just blends together and gets along."
But Sam has to actually make the team. CBS NFL lead play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz said, "He went in the final round. ... The percentage of players making the roster after being drafted in the seventh round -- it's usually a little better than 50 percent."
For more NFL commentary, watch Simms and Nantz in the video above.