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The head of an advocacy group seeking equality for gay and lesbian athletes is working with the St. Louis Rams to help ease Michael Sam's transition to the NFL.

Wade Davis is executive director of the You Can Play Project. He says he has been advising the NFL on diversity matters for the last year. Davis says Rams coach Jeff Fisher reached out to him after the team picked Sam in the seventh round on Saturday.

Sam is the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.

Davis says he spent all day with the Rams on Monday, And an NFL spokesman says the league has been working with teams and players "on ensuring a respectful culture."