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Brendon Ayanbadejo
ILB #51
Height:
6-1
Weight:
225
College:
UCLA
Hometown:
Santa Cruz, CA
Experience:
10

Biography

Download 2011 Bio Update Transactions

Brendon Ayanbadejo re-signed (three-year contract) with the Ravens on 3/23/12...Signed with Baltimore as an unrestricted free agent on 3/10/08...Originally entered the NFL with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent on 4/23/99.

Honors

  • Three-time Pro Bowler (2006-08) and three-time alternate (2004-05, 2011) as a special teams performer
  • Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association All-NFL (2006 and 2008)
  • Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association  All-NFC (2006)
  • All-Pro by ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated (2005)
  • AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 3, 2009)       

Career

  • Has compiled 97 tackles (63 solo), 3.5 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 FF, 1 FR and 4 PD from scrimmage
  • Owns 173 special teams stops
  • Has led or shared the team lead in special teams tackles in six of his nine seasons
  • Posted a career-high 7 tackles from scrimmage at SD (9/20/09) and vs. NE (12/20/04)
  • Also played in the CFL for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2000), Toronto Argonauts (2000) and the British Columbia Lions (2002)

Download 2011 Bio Update Transactions

Brendon Ayanbadejo re-signed (three-year contract) with the Ravens on 3/23/12...Signed with Baltimore as an unrestricted free agent on 3/10/08...Originally entered the NFL with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent on 4/23/99.

Honors

  • Three-time Pro Bowler (2006-08) and three-time alternate (2004-05, 2011) as a special teams performer
  • Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association All-NFL (2006 and 2008)
  • Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association  All-NFC (2006)
  • All-Pro by ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated (2005)
  • AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 3, 2009)       

Career

  • Has compiled 97 tackles (63 solo), 3.5 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 FF, 1 FR and 4 PD from scrimmage
  • Owns 173 special teams stops
  • Has led or shared the team lead in special teams tackles in six of his nine seasons
  • Posted a career-high 7 tackles from scrimmage at SD (9/20/09) and vs. NE (12/20/04)
  • Also played in the CFL for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2000), Toronto Argonauts (2000) and the British Columbia Lions (2002)

 

2011: (with Baltimore – 16/0, 2/0) Finished second on the team with 9 special teams tackles...Also recorded career highs from scrimmage with 27 tackles (23 solo), 1.5 sacks, 2 PD and 1 FR for the NFL’s third-ranked defense (288.9 ypg)

  • Posted 4 solo tackles and a sack (-7 yards) in the 20-14 victory in game 15 vs. Cle. (12/24)
  • Produced 4 solo tackles for a defense that recorded a franchise-record-tying 9 sacks in the 16-6 victory in game 11 vs. SF (11/24)
  • Recorded a half-sack from scrimmage and 2 special teams tackles in game 6 at Jax. (10/24)
  • Saw action in both playoff games, posting 2 tackles from scrimmage and 1 special teams stop

2010: (with Baltimore – 10/0, 2/0) Saw action in 10 games (spent the first six games of the season on the PUP list - thigh) and netted 4 special teams tackles and 2 tackles and 1 FF from scrimmage

  • Activated from the PUP list (leg) on 10/23
  • Posted 2 solo tackles and his first-career FF for a defense that forced 3 turnovers in the 26-10 win in game 8 vs. Mia. (11/7)
  • Saw action in both playoff games and led the team with 4 special teams tackles              

2009: (with Baltimore – 4/1, 0/0) Was on pace for a career-high 88 tackles after playing in four games, including one start, before being placed on Injured Reserve (thigh) on 10/5/09...Posted 22 tackles (14 solo), 1 sack (-5 yards), 1 INT, 1 PD and 6 special teams tackles for the season

  • Played in his 100th-career game, starting at LB (his first start since 10/29/06), and recorded 5 tackles from scrimmage for a defense that held the Patriots to 2.8 yards per rush and 40% on 3rd down in game 4 at NE (10/4)
  • Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after posting 6 tackles, a sack (-5 yards) and an INT (which led to a Ravens’ TD) for a defense that held the Browns to 186 total yards, including 126 passing, and forced 4 turnovers in the 34-3 victory in game 3 vs. Cle. (9/27)
  • Led the Ravens with 3 solo special teams stops and tied a career high with 7 tackles, including a career-high 5 solo from scrimmage, helping hold the Chargers to 53 rushing yards and a 2.5 rushing average in the 31-26 win in game 2 at SD (9/20)            

2008: (with Baltimore – 16/0, 3/0) Earned his third-consecutive Pro Bowl berth, leading the team with a career-high 30 special teams tackles and 1 FR...Ayanbadejo recorded 2 tackles and his first-career sack (-9 yards) from scrimmage as part of the NFL’s second-ranked defense              

  • Recorded his first-career sack (-9 yards) in game 12 at Cin. (11/30)
  • Tied for the team lead with 3 solo special teams tackles in the postseason

2007: (with Chicago – 16/0) Selected to his second-consecutive Pro Bowl after leading the Bears with 26 special teams stops and posting 1 tackle from scrimmage...Collected 3 or more special teams tackles in six games

  • Posted a career-high 2 FFs on special teams, 1 of which was recovered by Chicago, leading to a Bears’ FG in game 5 at GB (10/7)

2006: (with Chicago – 16/1, 3/0) Earned his first-career Pro Bowl nod as a special teamer after tying for the team lead with 28 special teams tackles...Also recovered 2 fumbles on special teams that led to Bears FGs

  • Collected a career-high 6 special teams tackles and recorded a FF in game 7 vs. SF (10/29)
  • Started and recorded 5 tackles from scrimmage in game 9 vs. Det. (9/17)
  • Paced the team with 7 special teams tackles in the playoffs, including 1 in Super Bowl XLI

2005: (with Chicago – 16/0, 1/0) Led the team with 28 special teams tackles during his first season in Chicago...Recorded at least 1 special teams tackle in each game

2004: (with Miami – 16/2) Paced the Dolphins with 23 special teams tackles...Recorded 20 tackles and 1 INT from scrimmage

  • Started his first-career game at LB on Monday Night Football and posted a career-high 7 tackles and his first-career INT, which led to a Dolphins’ game-winning TD drive, in game 14 vs. NE (12/20)

2003: (with Miami – 16/0) Played as a reserve LB and on special teams, leading Miami with 19 special teams tackles

2002: (CFL) Earned CFL West All-Star honors and was a CFL All-Pro...Played with British Columbia and tied for second on the squad with 77 tackles, all while compiling a team-high 5 FRs to go with 3 INTs and 3 sacks...Added a club-high 27 special teams tackles

2001: (NFL Europe) Allocated to the Amsterdam Admirals by Baltimore in the spring of 2001

2000: (CFL) Split time between Winnipeg and Toronto

1999: (with Atlanta) Went to training camp with the Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent before being waived prior to the start of the regular season

College: Four-year letterman at UCLA (1995-98)...Finished his career with 185 tackles and 10 INTs...Earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a senior after starting all 12 games and recording 62 tackles, 9 sacks and 4 FRs to help the Bruins to a 10-2 record and a Rose Bowl berth...Majored in history.

High School, Personal: Prepped at Santa Cruz (CA) HS...Younger brother of former Ravens FB Obafemi Ayanbadejo, and the two were teammates in 2003 with Miami and again in Chicago during the 2007 preseason...Born in Chicago, he and his family moved to Lagos, Nigeria, when he was 1 and lived there for nearly three years before moving back to the United States...Is attending  graduate business classes at George Washington University...Brendon has a daughter, Anaya Lee and a son, Amadeus Prime...Name is pronounced: EYE-on-bah-day-joe...Full name: Oladele Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Community: Dedicated to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic and promoting physical activity among youth...Annually joins teammates to help coach at the Worldwide Day of Play football clinic in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month...Hosts kickoff assemblies at local schools for the Ravens’ Play 60 Challenge, encouraging students to be active at least 60 minutes per day...Past schools include Cranberry Station Elementary, Afya Charter School and St. Ignatius Loyola Academy...Served Thanksgiving dinner to Baltimore families in need and supported the Lardarius Webb Charity Bowling Classic in 2011...Attended the Ravens’ inaugural flag football exhibition with teams of Special Olympics Maryland athletes in Nov. 2010.

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