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GQ names Brendon Ayanbadejo 'honorary gay'

Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo is sporting a fancy new title these days: Honorary Gay.

It comes compliments of GQ magazine, which bestowed the honor on the linebacker and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.

According to GQ, the players are "honorary gays of the year" because of how they stood up in support of gay marriage earlier this year.

You might recall the dustup where Ayanbadejo wanted to give away game tickets to support the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland. Lawmaker Emmett C. Burns complained loudly about it to Ravens management causing Kluwe to leap to Ayanbadejo's defense, penning a very sarcastic and somewhat naughty letter that went viral online.

"This year's surprise hothouse of social liberalism: the NFL," GQ wrote, revisiting the issue with both players.

"I had conversations with five to ten of the [Ravens players] about what had happened. I asked them if they could play with a gay player. Everybody was like, 'Yeah, I totally could,' Ayanbadejo told GQ. "So that was pretty impressive. It shouldn't be impressive, but it was."

Ayanbadejo also mentioned that he thinks it's only a matter of time before the NFL boasts an openly gay player -- or two or three.

"Eventually it's gonna happen," he said. "This is the natural evolution. I call it the Jackie Robinson player—the guy who's going to cross the line and come out and be our Jackie Robinson."

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