Baltimore Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo tells TMZ that several players on his team made note of his advocacy for marriage equality and went out of their way to congratulate him after last week's election:
Brendon tells us, "Three Raiders congratulated me on working with and for marriage equality. I remember their names but I will keep that to myself."
He adds, "Ethnicity-wise, it was two white guys and one black guy. Ethnicity plays an important part in this movement."
(FYI -- the Raiders got their asses kicked 55-20)
Brendon -- who's heterosexual -- has been an outspoken gay rights advocate for years (which is pretty rare in the NFL) and now says he's taking the battle for marriage equality back to his native California.