Michael Sam: WWE invite first openly gay NFL player to Monday Night Raw

WWE invite NFL rookie to make a guest appearance

The WWE have invited Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL, to make an appearance on Monday Night Raw.

Sam was cut by the team that drafted him, the St Louis Rams, on Sunday but found an immediate offer from the WWE.

In an open letter posted on WWE.com, the wrestling organisation said: "Exhibiting class and dignity rarely shown in professional sports, Michael Sam, WWE invites you to next Monday's Raw to speak of your struggles to succeed, lessons you have learned along the way, the courage it takes to be yourself and the prospects of your continued journey.

"You are a role model, who, by example, can encourage everyone to stand up and openly be themselves."

Sam has not yet responded to the offer and is likely to sign with the Dallas Cowboys, according to reports.

The 24-year-old took his release from the Rams in good stride, stating: "I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level.

"I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career."

Sam has now been handed a chance to join the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.