The Story Behind Michael Sam's Emotional Final Dancing with the Stars Performance

April 7, 2015 3:30 PM

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The theme was "my most memorable year" and, like Rumer Willis, Sam's most memorable year was 2014. It was the year he came out as gay, and the year he and his father stopped speaking for the second time in their tumultuous relationship.

"I don't want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment," Michael Sam Sr. was quoted as saying in a New York Times profile of the football player after he came out as gay. "I'm old-school," he added. "I'm a man-and-a-woman kind of guy."

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