"Organically, it was going to happen anyway," he said after Friday's practice. "You guys are here, you're talking to me mostly about marriage rights and equality in Maryland, but there are still 47 or so states that don't have it passed, and it needs to be passed federally. Why not be the person to carry that message not only to the United States, but to the rest of the world? Obviously, the whole world is watching, it's a message of positivity, it's a message of equality, and it's a chance to get it out. It's not going to affect the way I play football, but it's going to affect a lot of people's lives off the field."