Former NFL Fullback, Femi Ayanbadejo, to Take the Field Again with Debut of the UFL

San Francisco, CA, June 28, 2009 --( Former NFL player, Femi Ayanbadejo, was drafted last week by San Francisco’s new United Football League (UFL) team where he will be reunited with Dennis Green, the ball club’s Head Coach. Ayanbadejo played under Green when both were with the Arizona Cardinals from 2004 to 2006.

A promising new American football league, the UFL is the brainchild of several former NFL executives, and will feature some very familiar names. Besides Green, Jim Fassel, Ted Cottrel, and Jim Hasslet have been brought aboard as head coaches—and a host of former NFL players will also be joining them.

“I’m excited that Coach Green has given me an opportunity to display my football skills again,” said Ayanbadejo after being acquired by the San Francisco team. “I plan to bring as much dedication to the game as I did with the Vikings and the Cardinals—and I’m very eager to get back on the field and put the last 18 months behind me.”

For the past year and a half, Ayanbadejo has worked hard to bounce back from a series of unfortunate events. While with the Cardinals in 2007, Ayanbadejo tested positive for banned substances and was subsequently cut by the team. Soon after, he filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the supplement he took maintaining that he had been misled, as the banned substance was not listed on the label of the product. Much to Ayanbadejo’s satisfaction, the two parties recently reached a settlement in the case.

Ayanbadejo’s crusade for public awareness of potential issues within the supplement industry (along with nutrition & fitness education) did not end there, however. He has dedicated much of this time to speaking to children at local schools, and just last month, he spoke to a group of at-risk teens at their graduation ceremony. Ayanbadejo has also teamed up with fellow fitness and athletic devotee, Peter Merola, to found LifeConfident365 (, a lifestyle consulting firm dedicated to fitness and nutrition.

“They say things happen for a reason, right? That was a tough ordeal to weather, but it was my duty to turn it into something positive. I picked myself up and I think I’ve dusted myself off with poise and integrity … and soon, I’ll be putting on a UFL uniform. I’m ready to go and really looking forward to all that lies ahead.”

Femi Ayanbadejo
Karen Stern