NFL Draft Prospect Michael Sam Signs Endorsement Deal with Visa

By Community | May 9, 2014

NFL draft prospect Michael Sam has signed his first endorsement deal with Visa, ESPN has reported.

The American multinational financial services corporation has partnered with Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year out of Missouri, who could become the first active openly gay NFL player.

Visa’s chief marketing officer Kevin Burke told ESPN.com: “We felt that Michael’s story was a perfect fit for our ‘everywhere’ campaign, which is meant to inspire people to reach their own personal goals and aspirations. We wish Michael the best on and off the field as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.”

Cameron Weiss, Sam’s agent and attorney, added: “We’ve been really selective in trying to find the right partners and we couldn’t be more pleased to start with a world-class company like Visa.”

Sam, who came out in February, is projected to be selected Saturday — the third day of the NFL draft.