Michael Sam will step away from professional football, he announced via Twitter on Friday night.
Sam, who began the season with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, cited a tumultuous past year for leaving football at this time.
The Alouettes confirmed in a release that Sam has left the club for "personal reasons" and that he has been added to the team's suspended list.
Sam made the announcement in a series of tweets.
Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, agreed to a two-year deal with the Alouettes this summer. He left training camp June 12, citing personal reasons, and sat out the team's first five games. He failed to record a tackle in his Alouettes debut Aug. 7.
We hope he uses this time to get himself together and we wish him well.