Ayanbadejo wants to keep playing, accepts he may not

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Three months after the Ravens cut him, Brendon Ayanbadejo remains unsigned. And he’s starting to accept that his NFL career may be over.

Ayanbadejo told USA Today that he’s still hoping some team will invite him to training camp, but that he’s ready to move on to the next phase in his life if that invitation never comes.

“Either way, I’m happy with it,” Ayanbadejo said. “If someone needs a linebacker, I’m ready to go. And if not, well, then I’m ready to do the things I haven’t had the time to do before. There is a lot of life left to be lived.”

When Ayanbadejo spoke in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland last year, he was criticized by a Maryland state delegate and found himself becoming a spokesman for equality. Ayanbadejo sounds prepared to leave football and to get more involved in politics.

“I graduated college in ’99 and I’m going on 37,” Ayanbadejo said. “For a guy in my field, I’ve done everything you can do in the NFL. There’s no need to cry for me.”

If Ayanbadejo’s career is over, it’s been a long and honorable one.