Jeff Riedel
May 22, 2015 02:25 PM

Michael Sam has officially traded in his dancing shoes for cleats once more.

The footballer and recent Dancing with the Stars contestant – who made headlines for being the first openly gay player drafted by the National Football League – is heading north to join the Montreal Alouettes, the Canadian Football League team announced Friday.

“I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal,” Sam said in a statement released on the team’s website.

It’s a happy moment for the athlete after being cut from both the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams, who historically drafted the defensive end last May.

“With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,” Alouettes general manager, Jim Popp, said in a statement. “Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.”

Sam shared his excitement on Twitter Friday shortly after the news broke.

The news comes just days after the University of Missouri alum returned to catch the DWTS season 20 finale, after he and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd were eliminated earlier in the season.

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Sam performed an emotional dance prior to his elimination, a rumba to “Not My Father’s Son” that was meant to symbolize his thorny relationship with his father, who has reportedly not supported his decision to come out.

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