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January 09, 2015 12:45 PM

Months after their widely-seen kiss during the NFL draft, Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay player in the league last year, is engaged to his longtime boyfriend.

The athlete and Vito Cammisano became engaged while on vacation in Europe, Sam confirmed Friday.

“Thank you for making my 25th birthday a very special one,” Sam, whose birthday was Jan. 7, captioned a photo of himself on bended knee. “Thank you for saying yes.”

Cammisano followed Sam’s confirmation with one of his own, sharing a smiley shot of his new ring.

The two posted images from their travels to Spain and Italy on social media, with Sam sharing a picture of the two together at the Coliseum in Rome, and another on Twitter on his birthday from Vatican City: “Beautiful view from the very top of St. Peter’s. Suddenly 25 doesn’t feel so old!”

That same day he Tweeted, “Thank you to every single one of you for the birthday wishes, it truly means a lot.”

Sam and Cammisano were students together at the University of Missouri, where Sam became the SEC’s co-defensive player of the year in 2013 before being drafted last May by the NFL’s St. Louis Rams. Video of Sam receiving the congratulatory call from the Rams during the league draft included a celebratory smooch from Cammisano, a former athlete on the university’s swim team.

Vito Cammisano
Vito Cammisano/Twitter

After being cut by the Rams during the preseason, Sam was then signed and played briefly on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad before he was released by Dallas in October.

“While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday,” Sam wrote at the time on Twitter.

The New York Post‘s Page Six was first to report the happy news.

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