Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon
Ayanbadejo is looking for opportunities to promote gay marriage
during the media hype surrounding the Super Bowl.
The 36-year-old Ayanbadejo, who
advocated for passage of a marriage equality law in Maryland, told
The New York Times that after he helped his team secure
passage to this year's game he reached out to advocates to offer
himself as a spokesman.
“Is there anything I can do for
marriage equality or anti-bullying over the next couple of weeks to
harness this Super Bowl media?” he asked in an email sent at 3:40AM
Monday to leading advocate Brian Ellner.
Ellner told the Times
that Ayanbadejo “understands that as a straight biracial player in
the Super Bowl, he can have a huge impact on the future of this
Ayanbadejo said he hopes to take his
message to The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“That's my ultimate goal after the
Super Bowl,” he said. “To go on Ellen's show, to be dancing with
her, to bust a move with her.”
Of course, DeGeneres is married to
actress Portia De Rossi.