Matthew Robert Birk (born 23 from July of 1976 in St. Paul ) is a former player of football occupied the position of center and played in the ranks of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL draft. He played college football at Harvard . 1
Birk has been selected twice All-Pro and six times Pro Bowl .
Birk graduated from Harvard University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. While playing for Harvard Crimson, he reached All-Ivy League, All-New England and the I-AA All-CEAC Division honors the first football team.
Birk was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 6th round (173 overall) of the 1998 NFL draft. During his first two seasons with the Vikings, he appeared in 22 games as an offensive lineman backup. In 2000, he took over the post in the center of the Vikings, from the 16 parties was named to his first Pro Bowl . Birk started all of the Vikings’ games at the center in the 2000-2003 seasons. In 2004, Birk missed the last four games of the season due to surgery to treat a sports hernia. He lost all season 2005 with a hip injury that required surgery. Birk returned in 2006, back in the offensive line of the Vikings from the center point, and win his fifth Pro Bowl selection in his career. In 2007, Birk was named the Minnesota Vikings Man of the Year Award for the sixth consecutive year. He also won his sixth Pro Bowl selection, equaling Mick Tinglehoff in Pro Bowl appearances by a Vikings’ center.
Being a free agent in the offseason 2009, Birk signed for three years and $ 12 million with the Baltimore Ravens on March 4. The agreement includes $ 6 million guaranteed. 2
On February 4, 2012, Birk was awarded the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his work on and off the field. 3 On March 16, Birk signed a new three-year agreement with the Ravens.
On February 3, 2013 he won his first championship ring by defeating San Francisco 49ers by 34-31 in the Super Bowl XLVII final .
On February 22, 2013 Birk announced his retirement from the NFL . 4 5
He was recently named the sixth smartest athlete by Sporting News magazine . 6
Birk is a Provida activist . His wife volunteers at a pregnancy crisis center and participated in the March for Life in Maryland in 2011. 7
Birk is part of the Catholic Church and is currently awaiting the arrival of her sixth child. 7
In October 2012, prior to a referendum vote in Maryland , Birk spoke out against gay marriage, 8 reiterating what the Catholic Church teaches about homosexual attraction. Despite this insistence, an undetermined number of fans and activists shouted at him and declared a boycott of his NFL memories, while an unspecified number of fans alike and activists have supported the purchase of his memories of the NFL.
- Back to top↑ Van Valkenburg, Kevin (27 August 2009), “Birk leads Veteran Ravens’ young O-line” , The Baltimore Sun .
- Back to top↑ Duffy, Mike (March 4, 2009), “Birk Shores Up Ravens at Center” , BaltimoreRavens.com .
- Back to top↑ «Ravens’ Birk earn Walter Payton Man of the Year Award» , NFL.com , February 4, 2012 .
- Back to top↑ Ravens center Matt Birk retires after 15 seasons in NFL . Baltimore Sun . February 22, 2013
- Back to top↑ Hanzus, Dan (February 22, 2013). «Baltimore Ravens’ Matt Birk announces retirement» . National Football League . Retrieved on February 22, 2013 .
- Back to top↑ 20 smartest athletes in sports-Sporting News Retrieved 4 October 2012.
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- Back to top↑ Matt Birk joins fight against same-sex marriage-Baltimore Sun Retrieved 4 October 2012 /