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The real reason NFL star Matt Birk skipped meeting Obama
The real reason NFL star Matt Birk skipped meeting Obama
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: LifeSiteNews
Matt Birk On Cam Newton: An African-American QB At A High Level Is Nothing New | Sports Illustrated
Matt Birk On Cam Newton: An African-American QB At A High Level Is Nothing New | Sports Illustrated
Published: 2016/01/28
Channel: Sports Illustrated
Pumping iron with Matt Birk and Mike Morris
Pumping iron with Matt Birk and Mike Morris
Published: 2013/03/07
Channel: Pioneer Press
United Way and the NFL - Matt Birk
United Way and the NFL - Matt Birk
Published: 2007/08/25
Channel: TIcowboys
Hannity interviews Baltimore Ravens Center Matt Birk who declined invitation to White House
Hannity interviews Baltimore Ravens Center Matt Birk who declined invitation to White House
Published: 2013/06/15
Channel: nomorcocktails
2013 Hall of Fame - Matt Birk
2013 Hall of Fame - Matt Birk '98
Published: 2013/05/06
Channel: Harvard Varsity Club
Matt Birk embracing retirement
Matt Birk embracing retirement
Published: 2014/01/30
Channel: FOX Sports
Ray Lewis, Matt Birk, and John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens share their stories
Ray Lewis, Matt Birk, and John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens share their stories
Published: 2013/02/01
Channel: AIAUSA
Twins Homerun Challenge, Matt Birk - Mike Morris "Smoked by a Bear"
Twins Homerun Challenge, Matt Birk - Mike Morris "Smoked by a Bear"
Published: 2013/05/13
Channel: BobSagetNot
Matt Birk on the Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 3/4/15
Matt Birk on the Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 3/4/15
Published: 2015/03/04
Channel: Dan Patrick Show
Ravens Matt Birk Warns Gay
Ravens Matt Birk Warns Gay 'Marriage' a Threat to Religious Liberty
Published: 2013/01/03
Channel: FamilyPolicyNetwork
Paul Vitale - Special Presentation to Matt Birk
Paul Vitale - Special Presentation to Matt Birk
Published: 2012/07/04
Channel: PaulVitaleSpeaks
Ravens vs. Patriots: Why Ravens Will Win AFC North, Says Matt Birk | SI NOW | Sports Illustrated
Ravens vs. Patriots: Why Ravens Will Win AFC North, Says Matt Birk | SI NOW | Sports Illustrated
Published: 2016/12/07
Channel: Sports Illustrated
Matt Birk has a gay cousin and this is his response
Matt Birk has a gay cousin and this is his response
Published: 2012/10/31
Channel: risner99
Matt Birk on Living Out the Catholic Faith
Matt Birk on Living Out the Catholic Faith
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: Saint Paul's Outreach
Matt Birk-Purpose of Marriage
Matt Birk-Purpose of Marriage
Published: 2012/10/05
Channel: archbaltimore
Ep. 189 - "All-Pro Wisdom" (Matt Birk)
Ep. 189 - "All-Pro Wisdom" (Matt Birk)
Published: 2014/05/19
Channel: Life to the Max TV
Matt Birk and Baltimore Ravens Celebrity Server - Morton
Matt Birk and Baltimore Ravens Celebrity Server - Morton's The Steakhouse Baltimore
Published: 2011/05/13
Channel: Morton's The Steakhouse
Top 25 Ravens Players Of All Time: #20 Matt Birk
Top 25 Ravens Players Of All Time: #20 Matt Birk
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: wbalam
Matt Birk,  Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year
Matt Birk, Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year
Published: 2012/03/07
Channel: Prolanthropy1
Mike Morris, Matt Birk, and an old Vikings Jersey
Mike Morris, Matt Birk, and an old Vikings Jersey
Published: 2009/03/13
Channel: KFAN Minneapolis
Matt Birk - Super Bowl Media XLVII Day
Matt Birk - Super Bowl Media XLVII Day
Published: 2013/02/05
Channel: Sports Spectrum Magazine
Matt Birk National Speaker Video - www.MattBirkSpeaking.com   651-295-1733
Matt Birk National Speaker Video - www.MattBirkSpeaking.com 651-295-1733
Published: 2013/07/29
Channel: Matt Birk
Matt Birk Speaks at the Minneapolis Stand Up Rally
Matt Birk Speaks at the Minneapolis Stand Up Rally
Published: 2012/06/09
Channel: Brian Gibson
Matt Birk speaks on the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment
Matt Birk speaks on the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment
Published: 2012/09/29
Channel: MNCathConference
Matt Birk interview on WJZ 13
Matt Birk interview on WJZ 13
Published: 2009/11/18
Channel: adamrmattock1
Matt Birk - Super Bowl XLVII Media Day
Matt Birk - Super Bowl XLVII Media Day
Published: 2013/02/02
Channel: Sports Spectrum Magazine
CDH Honored with NFL Super Bowl Golden Football- Matt Birk
CDH Honored with NFL Super Bowl Golden Football- Matt Birk'94
Published: 2015/09/23
Channel: Cretin-Derham Hall
Matt Birk and his wife and Children
Matt Birk and his wife and Children
Published: 2016/08/15
Channel: Welcome
Super Bowl XLVII Media Day: Baltimore C Matt Birk
Super Bowl XLVII Media Day: Baltimore C Matt Birk
Published: 2013/01/30
Channel: sportsNOLA
Good Luck Matt Birk
Good Luck Matt Birk '98 in Super Bowl XLVII
Published: 2013/01/31
Channel: HarvardAthletics
The Combine Report: Matt Birk Interview @The 2015 NFL Regional Combine Miami #NFLCombine
The Combine Report: Matt Birk Interview @The 2015 NFL Regional Combine Miami #NFLCombine
Published: 2015/02/09
Channel: LockerReport
Baltimore Raven Matt Birk receives award from Governor O
Baltimore Raven Matt Birk receives award from Governor O'Malley
Published: 2012/01/13
Channel: 98 Rock Baltimore
Matt Birk talks all things Flacco with Glenn & Drew in Indy
Matt Birk talks all things Flacco with Glenn & Drew in Indy
Published: 2012/02/03
Channel: WNST
March for Life Pro Life speech by Matt Birk  Where is main stream media?
March for Life Pro Life speech by Matt Birk Where is main stream media?
Published: 2016/01/25
Channel: John919
Super bowl Ad Matt Birk - Check description
Super bowl Ad Matt Birk - Check description
Published: 2008/01/13
Channel: Yourbestfriend001
Mike Morris Campaign Ad: Matt Birk
Mike Morris Campaign Ad: Matt Birk
Published: 2010/10/28
Channel: KFAN Minneapolis
Americas Symposium Guest Speaker: Matt Birk, Superbowl Champion
Americas Symposium Guest Speaker: Matt Birk, Superbowl Champion
Published: 2014/03/17
Channel: Cushman Wakefield
Matt Birk Declines Obama Invite to White House
Matt Birk Declines Obama Invite to White House
Published: 2017/09/04
Channel: Catholic Speakers
Matt Birk - Baltimore Ravens Center
Matt Birk - Baltimore Ravens Center
Published: 2012/10/05
Channel: MMANoOn6
Don
Don't Catch The Flu [BR4]
Published: 2012/11/20
Channel: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Matt Birk
Matt Birk's HIKE Foundation - Ready, Set, Read!
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: Prolanthropy1
Defending Marriage as a Catholic | Matt Birk
Defending Marriage as a Catholic | Matt Birk
Published: 2015/07/13
Channel: Saint Paul's Outreach
All-Pro Wisdom with Matt Birk (RockPaperStar)
All-Pro Wisdom with Matt Birk (RockPaperStar)
Published: 2014/02/11
Channel: ThePluralI
Matt Birk
Matt Birk's HIKE Foundation Supports Read and Rise
Published: 2012/05/21
Channel: Dillon Kalkhurst
Matt Birk Reads To Children
Matt Birk Reads To Children
Published: 2011/10/31
Channel: Matthew Dillon
Matt Birk Javelin
Matt Birk Javelin
Published: 2012/03/23
Channel: Matt Birk
Matt Birk Annouces His Retirement by Opening a Scholastic Community Reading Oasis
Matt Birk Annouces His Retirement by Opening a Scholastic Community Reading Oasis
Published: 2013/02/25
Channel: Dillon Kalkhurst
Matt Birk talks Ravens disappointment & recovery with Glenn & Drew in Indy
Matt Birk talks Ravens disappointment & recovery with Glenn & Drew in Indy
Published: 2012/02/04
Channel: WNST
Michael Oher and Matt Birk comming out of the Tunnel at the Ravens game
Michael Oher and Matt Birk comming out of the Tunnel at the Ravens game
Published: 2012/09/30
Channel: Dave David
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Matt Birk
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Birk during the Ravens' training camp in August 2009.
No. 75, 78, 77
Position: Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-07-23) July 23, 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth: St. Paul, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: St. Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham Hall
College: Harvard
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 6 / Pick: 173
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 210
Games started: 187
Player stats at NFL.com

Matthew Robert "Matt" Birk (born July 23, 1976) is a former American football center. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and later played for the Baltimore Ravens. He played college football at Harvard.[1] Birk is a two-time All-Pro, six-time Pro Bowl selection, and a Super Bowl champion.

Early years[edit]

Birk attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was a letterman and standout in football, basketball, and track & field. He was an All-St. Paul Conference honoree, an Academic All-State honoree, and an All-State honoree in both football and basketball. In 1994, Birk proudly proclaims that he was able to hold Sam Jacobson (Minnesota Mr. Basketball of that year) to 29 points in the section basketball finals. Birk graduated from Cretin-Derham in 1994.

College career[edit]

Birk graduated from Harvard University in 1998 with a degree in economics.[1] While playing for the Harvard Crimson, he attained All-Ivy League, All-New England and Division I-AA All-ECAC first team football honors.

Professional career[edit]

1998 NFL Draft[edit]

Ranked as the No. 16 offensive tackle available,[2] Birk was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 6th round (173rd overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft. He was described by Sports Illustrated as "maybe the best Ivy League prospect to come along in several years", who "could be a nice developmental type pick".[3] Birk was the first Harvard Crimson lineman to be selected in an NFL draft since Roger Caron in 1985.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Birk as a member of the Minnesota Vikings in 2008

During his first two seasons with the Vikings, he appeared in 22 games as a backup offensive lineman. In 2000, he took over the starting center position for the Vikings, starting all 16 games and was named to his first Pro Bowl team. Birk started every game for the Vikings at center from 2000-2003.

In 2004, Birk missed the last 4 games of the season due to surgery to treat a sports hernia. He missed the entire 2005 season with a hip injury that required surgery.

Birk returned to form in 2006, anchoring the Vikings offensive line from the center spot and earning his fifth career Pro Bowl selection. In 2007, Birk was named Minnesota Vikings Man of the Year for the sixth year in a row. He also earned his sixth Pro Bowl selection, tying Mick Tingelhoff for most Pro Bowl appearances by a Vikings center.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

An unrestricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, Birk signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens on March 4. The deal included $6 million guaranteed.[4]

On March 16, 2012, Birk signed a new three-year deal with the Ravens. He won his first career championship during Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers. Birk announced his retirement on February 22, 2013.[5][6]

Post-NFL career[edit]

On July 10, 2014, Birk was named the NFL director of football development.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Birk established the HIKE Foundation in 2002, which seeks to "impact the lives of at-risk children by providing interactive programs and resources needed to guide a child through the key educational transitions between elementary, middle, high school and college."[8] The foundation launched "Ready, Set, Read!" in select Baltimore area public schools in the fall of 2010. The program works with about 100,000 Baltimore students on improving their reading skills through an incentive-based system.[9] Birk received the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2011 for his commitment to improving literacy among at-risk youth.[10][11]

He was named the sixth-smartest athlete by the Sporting News in 2010.[12]

Birk is a pro-life activist. His wife volunteers at a crisis pregnancy center and he participated in the Maryland March for Life in 2011.[13] He is also a practicing Catholic and father of seven.[14][15]

In October 2012, Birk publicly spoke out against gay marriage before a Maryland ballot referendum on the Civil Marriage Protection Act which eventually passed.[16] He also penned an op-ed, published in the Star Tribune on October 2, 2012, calling for passage of the Minnesota Marriage Amendment that would amend that state's constitution to prohibit gay marriage; it was defeated in the fall election and gay marriage was legalized in Minnesota in 2013.[17]

Birk announced in February 2013 his intentions to eventually donate his brain to Boston University’s School of Medicine for research into concussions.[18]

After the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII, Birk chose not to attend the celebratory meeting with President Barack Obama, saying "I wasn't there. I would say this, I would say that I have great respect for the office of the presidency, but about five or six weeks ago, our president made a comment in a speech and he said, 'God bless Planned Parenthood.' Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions a year. I am Catholic, I am active in the pro-life movement and I just felt like I couldn't deal with that. I couldn't endorse that in any way."[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Van Valkenburg, Kevin (August 27, 2009), "Veteran Birk leads Ravens' young O-line", The Baltimore Sun .
  2. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/events/1998/nfldraft/topplayers/byposition/OT.html
  3. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/events/1998/nfldraft/topplayers/166.html
  4. ^ Duffy, Mike (March 4, 2009), "Birk Shores Up Ravens at Center", BaltimoreRavens.com .
  5. ^ "Ravens center Matt Birk retires after 15 seasons in NFL". Baltimore Sun. February 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ Hanzus, Dan (February 22, 2013). "Baltimore Ravens' Matt Birk announces retirement". National Football League. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "NFL names Matt Birk Director of Football Development". NFL.com. July 10, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ [1] Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  9. ^ [2] Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  10. ^ [3] Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Ravens' Birk earn Walter Payton Man of the Year Award", NFL.com, February 4, 2012 .
  12. ^ 20 smartest athletes in sports-Sporting News Archived 2013-05-23 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  13. ^ Ravens’ Matt Birk speaks up for life
  14. ^ http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/baltimore-ravens-matt-birk-stays-centered-on-christ/
  15. ^ https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/exclusive-video-nfl-star-matt-birk-reveals-real-reason-he-skipped-meeting-w
  16. ^ Matt Birk joins fight against same-sex marriage-Baltimore Sun Retrieved 4 October 2012/
  17. ^ Matt Birk, NFL's Matt Birk: Let's protect marriage -- and speech, Star Tribune, October 2, 2012, accessed May 14, 2013.
  18. ^ Baltimore Ravens Player Matt Birk Will Donate His Brain to Boston University For Research
  19. ^ Matt Birk explains skipping Ravens' White House visit Marc Sessler, NFL.com Retrieved 7 June 2013.

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