Brendon Ayanbadejo

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American Football | NFL (Retired, Super Bowl Champion)

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“At its best, sports do not discriminate. If you are young or old, tall or short, male or female, gay or straight, all that really matters is how well you play and contribute to your team.

The NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA should and can be leaders against discrimination. Whether you’re a commissioner, an athlete, a coach or a fan, your voice will let every kid out there know that there is a place for him or her in sports. We all can be ourselves and still compete with dignity and at the highest level.”

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In the Media

Nov 20, 2013

The Inside Story of How the NFL's Plan for Its 1st Openly Gay Player Fell Apart

The team had decided yes. The player had decided the same. It was set. It was going to happen. An NFL player was going to publicly say he was gay and then play in the NFL.

What happened before that moment showed how parts of the NFL are progressive and ready for change. Then, what happened next showed how the sport is still in some ways fearful of it.

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Nov 18, 2013

Chelsea Clinton Honored At 2013 Emery Awards Alongside Hudson Taylor, Fallon Fox And Brendon Ayanbadejo

Clinton wasn’t the only high-profile name to be honored at the 27th annual event. Also applauded for their ongoing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy efforts were Super Bowl champion Brendon Ayanbadejo, transgender MMA Fighter Fallon Fox and Athlete Ally Director Hudson Taylor. Also taking home an honor for their commitment to LGBT youth and the community was Moody’s.

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Aug 30, 2013

Brendon Ayanbadejo: An idea whose time has come

After winning the Super Bowl in February, the entire Baltimore Ravens organization was invited on a White House tour, which included a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet President Obama.

The older paintings in the White House detailing everyday life depict black servants and maids. Depending on the dates, they were either workers or, more likely, they were slaves. Even our first president knew slavery was wrong. Our country, which was built on the backs of slave labor, turned a blind eye to this unconstitutional act.

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