COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Michael Sam is back in Missouri, working on a master's degree and still hopeful for a career in the NFL.

Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the league, says his life has been a ''roller coaster'' since the St. Louis Rams picked him in the seventh round last year. The defensive end from Missouri was cut by the Rams and spent part of last season on the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad before being released.

He signed with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes this summer, but quit in August, tweeting that he was worried about his mental health.

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Sam appeared relaxed in an interview on KMIZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1MudOdB ) in Columbia, Missouri. He is considering a career in broadcasting but also hopes to be back in football in 2016.

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Information from: KMIZ-TV, http://www.kmiz.com