(ST. LOUIS) -- Defensive end Michael Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, according to ESPN.
Sam was attempting to become the first openly gay player in NFL history, but came up short as all 32 teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players.
On Saturday Sam tweeted, "The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known. The journey continues."
He was beat out by undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks, who is one of nine defensive linemen to land a roster spot.
Sam came out as gay in February, before the NFL scouting combine. He can still be picked up by another team.
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