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ST. LOUIS - The work of a local photographer is being seen on the cover of a national magazine.

Photographer Bill Greenblatt learned from his friends that his picture was on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Greenblatt has been a photographer for over 40 years, and he's had cover photos on People magazine and other publications. But his striking photo of Mizzou football player Michael Sam got the attention of Sports Illustrated.

The photo shows a confident Michael Sam staring directly at Greenblatt's lens after making a QB sack in 2012, and SI chose it for the cover of their magazine.

Last week, when Sam publicly announced that he is gay, Greenblatt put the photo on Facebook, with a comment congratulating Sam. What he didn't know was that Sports Illustrated was looking for a cover photo and contacted UPI, where Greenblatt has worked since 1980.

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