Brendon Ayanbadejo

Brendon Ayanbadejo To Officially Retire

After sitting out the 2013 NFL season, linebacker and special-teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo is set to formally call it a career.¬†Ayanbadejo announced on Twitter that “today is the day” he intends to call the NFLPA and officially retire.

Ayanbadejo, 37, entered the league in 2003 with the Dolphins and was active for 142 total games for Miami, Chicago, and Baltimore. While he acted as a part-time player on defense for most of his career, his key contributions came on special teams — from 2006 to 2008, he was named to three consecutive Pro Bowl rosters as a special teams player. Ayanbadejo was also known as a strong advocate of marriage equality and gay rights.

For his career, Ayanbadejo accumulated 215 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and nine fumble recoveries, according to Pro-Football-Reference. The UCLA alum last appeared in the NFL for the Ravens team that won the Super Bowl a year ago. He was released in April 2013.