After waiting through almost the entire 2014 NFL draft to hear Michael Sam's name called, #SamFans -- and Rams fans -- didn't waste time in showing their support. There was reportedly an "avalanche" of orders for Sam's St. Louis Rams jersey after he became the first openly gay player ever selected in the NFL draft.
As noted by Darren Rovell of ESPN, it took less than three hours from the Rams selecting Sam with the 249th pick in the seventh round of the 2014 draft for his jersey to be on sale. With his jersey number yet to be determined, the blue sample jersey viewable at NFLShop.com initially had No. 10 on the front and back as Sam was the Rams' tenth selection in the 2014 NFL draft.
Citing an unnamed source, Dan Bernstein of CBSChicago.com reported on Saturday evening that the jersey was immediately a popular item.
— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein) May 11, 2014
While Sam was waiting to hear his name called, Cyd Zeigler of Outsports.com predicted the jersey would be a huge seller.
My best guess is Michael Sam's new team will sell 25k jerseys the first week they're available.
— Cyd Zeigler (@CydZeigler) May 10, 2014
After Bernstein's tweet, Zeigler suspected he had underestimated demand.
— Cyd Zeigler (@CydZeigler) May 11, 2014