Brendon Ayanbadejo is preparing for the spotlight on and off the field this Super Bowl Sunday.
The Baltimore Ravens linebacker plans to use the February 3 game as a platform to publicize his support for same-sex marriages and his stance against bullying.
According The New York Times, Ayanbadejo emailed gay rights advocates Brian Ellner and Michael Skolnik asking: “Is there anything I can do for marriage equality or anti- bullying over the next couple of weeks to harness this Super Bowl media?”
In what Ayanbadejo is calling his “Jerry McGuire” email, he is hoping that it will inspire others to rally against bullying and support marriage equality.
In addition to being a father of two with his long-time girlfriend, Ayanbadejo has spent years as an activist for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender community despite the rampant homophobia culture in the NFL.
“I was raised around gay people in a very liberal society,” he told the reporters. “Discrimination was never allowed.”
“I’ve talked to teammates…I’ve talked to people in the Ravens office,”Ayanbadejo added. “We’ve come to the conclusion that if you can play football and you’re a good person, then we don’t care what your orientation is, what your views on social issues are. If you’re a good person and a great football player, then it doesn’t matter.”