Cut by the
But right now, the 36-year-old is far too busy with other endeavors to be consumed with whether his 10-year NFL career is over.
“There’s not anything that I have to do right now so If the football angle has exhausted itself because there’s no more options in football, then that will come to a close on its own and then there will be a point where I have to announce my retirement. But right now, I’m not feeling like I have to do that,” Ayanbadejo said Wednesday during a phone interview with the Baltimore Sun.
“I’m not going to sit around and wait for football. There’s too much life to be lived and too many things to experience that I haven’t been able to experience being a professional athlete the last 14 years,” he added. “I’ll be ready if a team calls but if they don’t, I’ll be a busy guy and I can go out saying that my last game that I’ve ever played in was the
Since helping the Ravens win
“From now through July, I’m going to sleep in my own bed, maybe for five nights,” said Ayanbadejo who played for the Ravens for the past five seasons. “I’m going to be in eight different cities, speaking at Fortune 500 companies like
This week, Ayanbadejo, who has made the
Ayanbadejo is among 23 players, a group that includes former Ravens
The program’s focus is on improving player’s writing skills and providing training in radio and digital media. During the camp, the player’s attended classes and workshops taught by media professionals and applied what they learned during a field trip to a Triple-A
“It’s interesting being on the other side and looking at what [reporters] have to go through,” Ayanbadejo said. “I’m used to giving interviews but not actually conducting an interview and being knowledgeable on whatever the topic is and your subject, and formulating good questions. The second you ask a question, the person being interviewed knows exactly how competent you are. It’s a lot more difficult than I thought it was going to be.”
Ayanbadejo said he does have some interest in following in the footsteps of the many former players turned NFL broadcasters, commentators or analysts, but that’s just one of the things that he’d like to do.
“I enjoy it but that’s where there’s kind of a problem. There are many things that I enjoy and there’s a plethora of things that I love to do but I feel like in order to monetize something, you have to be a
professional at one thing and you have to do one thing really, really well,” Ayanbadejo said.
“At some point, I might have to pick something if I want to earn a decent living. I’m going to have to pick one thing rather than being this jack of all trades that loves and enjoys engaging in all these different things, whether it is philanthropic work or doing charity stuff, political space, being an athletic director, finishing my MBA, doing this whole media thing. At some point, I’m going to have to pick but for now, I’m enjoying all these different ways I get to express myself and learn about life and people.”
One subject Ayanbadejo will continue to be involved in is the fight for marriage equality. Late last month, NBA player Jason Collins came out as the first openly gay male athlete playing in one of the four major American sports leagues. Ayanbadejo applauded Collins' decision to come out.