MONTREAL (AP) — Michael Sam is praising the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage throughout the country.

He says he has no plans to marry yet because he’s focused on football. But he calls the decision “freaking awesome” and says he’s proud to be an American.

Sam is the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL. He deflects any credit for changing American attitudes toward gay rights, adding the credit belongs to those who have worked years to change the laws.

Sam returned to practice with the Montreal Alouettes on Monday. The defensive lineman who starred at Missouri left his CFL team for personal reasons this month.

Sam was the defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the final round but he couldn’t make the roster.

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