Brendon Ayanbadejo isn’t keeping his intentions a secret. He’s going to talk -– a lot -- about legalizing same-sex marriage during the media blitz at the Super Bowl when the Ravens arrive Monday.
He plans on going on The Ellen DeGeneres Show if the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.
“Organically, it was going to happen anyway,” said Ayanbadejo a linebacker and key special-teams player in his 10th season, of the inevitable questions to come after his vocal support for upholding a marriage equality law in Maryland in November.
“There (are) still 47 or so states that don’t have it passed. It needs to be passed federally. Why not be the person to carry that message not only to the United States but to the rest of the world? I have this huge platform. The whole world is watching.
“It’s a message of positivity. It’s a message of equality. And it’s a chance to get it out. It’s not going to affect the way I play football but its going to affect a lot of people’s lives off the field.”
DeGeneres, a lesbian, is noted for dancing on her daytime talk show. Ayanbadejo, who recently became friends with her, hopes he'll have reason to dance, too.
“The plan is after we win the Super Bowl to go on the Ellen show and dance a little bit with Ellen and talk about equality,” he said.
Also Russell Simmons, a former rap mogul who started Def Jam and has grown in to an influential business magnate, has contacted Ayanbadejo about a project as well. Simmons has long supported same-sex marriage.
“We’re going to do some type of blog or something together as well in my free time. It’s early. I don’t know exactly what’s going on,” Ayanbadejo said. “Also some lawmakers in New Orleans reached out to me and they want to get together and have a dinner and talk about equality so I think I’ll do that as well.”