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Michael Sam Jerseys Are No. 2 in NFL Rookie Sales

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Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb 22, 2014. USA Today Sports / Reuters

The NFL said Michael Sam's jersey have sold fast ever since he became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the league, picked up by the St. Louis Rams over the weekend, and he's only outsold by Johnny Manziel, now with the Cleveland Browns

Michael Sam’s St. Louis Rams jersey is the second-best selling NFL rookie jersey so far, the league said Monday.

Sam became the first openly gay football player to be drafted by the NFL on Saturday, when the Rams picked him in the seventh round of the draft. Sam kissed his boyfriend, and President Barack Obama congratulated Sam in a statement.

NFL spokeswoman Joanna Hunter confirmed that between Thursday and Sunday, Sam’s jersey was the second-highest selling rookie jersey. Here’s the list of the top five selling rookie jerseys:

1. Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns

2. Michael Sam, St. Louis Rams

3. Jadeveon Clowney, Houston Texans

4. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings

5. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

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