Ayanbadejo has played 10 seasons in the NFL, the last five with Baltimore. He started four games at linebacker for the Ravens, but his main contribution was on special teams.
Following the announcement, Ayanbadejo tweeted, “I would like to thank the city of Baltimore and the Ravens organization for an amazing ride. We will forever be united as champions!”
Ayanbadejo, 36, has been an open proponent for gay marriage, a stance he reiterated in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. He also campaigned for the successful ballot measure last year in Maryland legalizing same-sex marriage.