Harvard’s Matt Birk Retires After 15 Seasons in NFL

Matt Birk helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII (Mark Rebilas/USA Today).

BALTIMORE, Md. – Former Harvard standout Matt Birk '98 has announced that he is retiring from the National Football League after 15 seasons playing for the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens.

Birk, who was named the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2012 for off-the-field work and playing excellence, helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII earlier this month.

A sixth-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1998 NFL Draft, Birk, a center, was a two-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowl selection during his illustrious career. He played in 210 regular-season games and made 124 straight starts to end his career.

A 1998 graduate from Harvard with a degree in economics, Birk earned All-Ivy League and All-ECAC honors and was the first Crimson lineman to be selected in the NFL draft since Roger Caron '85 in 1985.