Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has forged a 10-year NFL career as one of the league's best special-teams players.
Ultimately, this isn't what he will be remembered for most.
Ayanbadejo has drawn mainstream attention with his championing of homosexual rights, which has long been a taboo topic among his peers. Ayanbadejo's support of a gay marriage referendum which passed last month in Maryland became a lightning rod of controversy among some politicians and even his Ravens teammates.
In the following interview, Ayanbadejo -- a 36-year-old, married, straight father of two children -- talks about his football career and history of involvement in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) causes.
Q: You're one of the NFL's oldest linebackers. What is the key to survival?
Ayanbadejo: "More than anything, it's staying healthy. People always talk about the type of player that you need, whether it's, 'I need a guy that's fast. I need a guy that's strong. I need a guy...