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.
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.