Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo say an openly gay professional athlete would know they have his back.

Speaking at Saturday's GLAAD Media Awards in New York City, Kluwe and Ayanbadejo said that that player would show up “any day now.”

“Just like Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball in the 40s, our openly gay player is going to show up and play baseball or football or hoops any day now,” Ayanbadejo told a cheering crowd. “And when he does, he'll know guys like myself and Chris Kluwe definitely have his back.”

“With GLAAD's help we're going to win the fight and respect for equality. And you know why? Because love conquers all and positivity always wins.”

Ayanbadejo went off the script to offer his own analogy and encouragement.

“Football is a lot like what we're facing right now. You have to fight, scratch and claw for everything. Even though it's our rights, we're born to have equal rights, we have to fight, scratch and claw for everything, because they are not going to give it to us. And for the first time, we're actually winning the game. So keep doing what you're doing, we're going to turn this thing around.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)