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Matt Birk
C #77
Height:
6-4
Weight:
310
College:
Harvard
Hometown:
St. Paul, MN
Experience:
15
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YearTeamGGS
TOTAL 210 187
2012 BAL 16 16
2011 BAL 16 16
2010 BAL 16 16
2009 BAL 16 16
2008 MIN 16 16
2007 MIN 16 16
2006 MIN 16 16
2005 MIN 0 0
2004 MIN 12 11
2003 MIN 16 16
2002 MIN 16 16
2001 MIN 16 16
2000 MIN 16 16
1999 MIN 15 0
1998 MIN 7 0

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Biography

Download 2011 Bio Update Transactions
Matt Birk signed a three-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens on 3/4/09...Originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft.
Honors

  • Six-time Pro Bowl performer (2000-01, 2003-04 and 2006-07)
  • Named to USA Today Sports Weekly's All-Decade (2000s) Team
  • Associated Press second-team All-Pro (2003)
  • NFL.com All-Interview team (2005 and 2006)
  • Pro Football Weekly's All-NFC (2000 and 2003)
  • The Sporting News All-Pro (2003)

Career

  • Helped protect QB Joe Flacco, allowing him to complete 62.6% of his passes (306 of 489) and set career highs with 3,622 passing yards, 25 TDs and a 93.6 QB rating in 2010
  • Helped the Ravens post 5,619 total yards (second-highest total in franchise history) in 2009
  • Helped the Ravens tie a franchise record for points (391 in 2003) and also set a record for most TDs scored (47) in 2009...Ravens also added a team-record 22 rushing TDs
  • Helped pave the way for the Vikings' offense to rank No. 1 in the NFL for the first time in franchise history (2003 – 393.4 ypg)

Download 2011 Bio Update Transactions
Matt Birk signed a three-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens on 3/4/09...Originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft.

Honors

  • Six-time Pro Bowl performer (2000-01, 2003-04 and 2006-07)
  • Named to USA Today Sports Weekly's All-Decade (2000s) Team
  • Associated Press second-team All-Pro (2003)
  • NFL.com All-Interview team (2005 and 2006)
  • Pro Football Weekly's All-NFC (2000 and 2003)
  • The Sporting News All-Pro (2003)

Career

  • Helped protect QB Joe Flacco, allowing him to complete 62.6% of his passes (306 of 489) and set career highs with 3,622 passing yards, 25 TDs and a 93.6 QB rating in 2010
  • Helped the Ravens post 5,619 total yards (second-highest total in franchise history) in 2009
  • Helped the Ravens tie a franchise record for points (391 in 2003) and also set a record for most TDs scored (47) in 2009...Ravens also added a team-record 22 rushing TDs
  • Helped pave the way for the Vikings' offense to rank No. 1 in the NFL for the first time in franchise history (2003 – 393.4 ypg)
  • Paved the way for Minnesota Vikings' RB Adrian Peterson to become the first Vikings' RB to lead the NFL in rushing (1,760 yards in 2008)

2010: (with Baltimore – 16/16, 2/2) Helped protect QB Joe Flacco, allowing him to complete 62.6% of his passes (306 of 489) and set career highs with 3,622 passing yards, 25 TDs and a 93.6 QB rating...Also helped the Ravens rush for 1,831 yards and 11 TDs

  • Started at center (his 150th career start) and helped protect QB Joe Flacco, allowing him to complete 71% of his passes (25 of 35) for 289 yards and 2 TDs in game 11 vs. TB (11/28)...Flacco set a Ravens' franchise record with his 52nd and 53rd career TD passes
  • Started at center in both playoff games and helped the Ravens produce 516 total yards, including a team playoff-record 390 yards in the Wild Card Game at KC (1/9/11)...Flacco established postseason franchise marks for completion percentage (73.5), passing yards (265), passing TDs (2) and QB rating (115.4) in the 30-7 victory against the Chiefs

2009: (with Baltimore – 16/16, 2/2) Helped the Ravens post 5,619 total yards (second-highest total in franchise history), including three of the top single-game yardage totals in team history (548 in game 13 vs. Det. - 12/13, 501 in game 1 vs. KC - 9/13 and 479 yards in game 3 vs. Cle. - 9/27)...Protected QB Joe Flacco, allowing him to set career highs in attempts (499), completions (315), completion percentage (63.1), yards (3,613), TDs (21) and QB rating (88.9)...Also helped pave the way for the Ravens to rush for 2,200 yards, including 1,339 yards (third-highest total in franchise history) by RB Ray Rice, who finished second in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage (2,041)...Rice became just the second player (Jamal Lewis - 2,271 in 2003) in franchise history to gain 2,000 yards from scrimmage

  • Started at center and helped pave the way for a Ravens' franchise-record 548 total yards, including 230 passing and 308 rushing yards (second-most in franchise history) and a franchise-record 5 rushing TDs in the 48-3 victory in game 13 vs. Det. (12/13)
  • Started at center and helped protect QB Joe Flacco, allowing him to complete 72.4% of his passes for 234 yards and a career-high 4 TDs in the 31-7 victory in game 14 vs. Chi. (12/20)
  • Started at center and helped pave the way for the Ravens to rush for a postseason franchise-record 234 yards and 4 TDs, including a postseason-franchise-record 83-yard TD run (second-longest rush in NFL postseason history) by Rice on the first play from scrimmage in the 33-14 victory in the Wild Card Game at NE (1/10/10)...Ravens also did not allow a sack against the Patriots

2008: (with Minnesota – 16/16, 1/1) Paced the Vikings to their first Division title since 2000...Helped pave the way for RB Adrian Peterson to become the first Viking to lead the NFL in rushing with 1,760 yards, which set the Vikings' single season rushing record and set a Vikings record with 10 games over the 100-yard mark

  • Protected QB Gus Frerotte when he connected with WR Bernard Berrian for the longest play from scrimmage in Vikings history and tied the longest in NFL history with a 99-yard pass in game 12 vs. Chi. (11/30)

2007: (with Minnesota – 16/16) Earned his sixth Pro Bowl berth, after paving the way for the Vikings' running game to rank No. 1 in the NFL and the offense to rank 13th overall, a 10-spot jump from 2006...Key cog of the Vikings' running game that set a team record with 2,634 rushing yards and boasted eight games featuring a 100-yard rusher

  • Paved the way for Peterson to set a then-NFL record for a single game with 296 rushing yards in game 8 vs. SD (11/4)

2006: (with Minnesota – 16/16) Named to his fifth Pro Bowl, after helping RB Chester Taylor rush for 1,216 yards, the fifth-best single-season performance in franchise history...Paved the way for Taylor to rush for 100-plus yards four times during the season

2005: (with Minnesota – IR) Placed on Injured Reserve (8/30) due to hip and sports hernia injuries following training camp, forcing him to miss the entire season

2004: (with Minnesota – 12/11, 2/2) Earned his fourth berth in the Pro Bowl and was named the Vikings Man of the Year for his work in the Twin Cities community...Paved the way for the Vikings to rank fourth in the NFL in total offense, the team's fourth finish in the NFL's top 5 in his five seasons as a starter...Key element to the Vikings' offense, setting a team record for total net yards (6,339) and average yards per game (396.2)...Provided time for QB Daunte Culpepper to post the best season by a Vikings' QB in team history, setting records for passing TDs (39), passing yards (4,717), completion percentage (69.2) and passer rating (110.9)

  • Had his consecutive games started streak snapped at 67 when he did not start game 4 at Hou. (10/10), but came off the bench to replace starter Cory Withrow at tackle and helped the Vikings to a dramatic win...Missed time during training camp and the opening three preseason games recovering from hernia surgery

2003: (with Minnesota – 16/16) Named as a starter in the Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press...Helped pave the way for the Vikings' offense to rank No. 1 in the NFL for the first time in franchise history (393.4 ypg)...Helped the Vikings boast four players who rushed for 400-plus yards on the season

2002: (with Minnesota – 16/16) Was a key element of the Vikings, who led the NFL in rushing for the first time in franchise history with a then-team record 2,507 rushing yards...Set a team record with 26 rushing TDs and set a Vikings' record by averaging 5.3 yards per carry...Paved the way for Michael Bennett run for 1,296 yards...Helped Daunte Culpepper and Moe Williams run for 10 and 11 TDs, respectively, only the third tandem in NFL history to rush for 10-plus TDs each in a season

2001: (with Minnesota – 16/16) Earned a berth in his second-straight Pro Bowl and helped pave the way for rookie RB Michael Bennett to rush for 682 yards and average 4.0 yards per carry

2000: (with Minnesota – 16/16, 2/2) Named to his first-career Pro Bowl and to the 2000 All-Madden Team...Helped the Vikings' offense average 372.6 yards per game...Also opened holes, allowing RB Robert Smith to go over the 100-yard mark eight times...Helped Smith set a then-Vikings single season rushing record (1,521 yards) and set the team's new career rushing record (6,818)

  • Started his first-career NFL game in the season opener vs. Chicago (9/3), paving the way for RB Robert Smith to run for 109 yards

1999: (with Minnesota – 15/0, 2/0) Played from scrimmage and on special teams, including several games with a fractured thumb (broke it in game 7 vs. SF - 10/24)

1998: (with Minnesota – 7/0, 1/0) Replaced injured Everett Lindsay at RT in the season finale at Ten. (12/26) and played rest of game

  • Saw his first-career NFL action at RG in game 8 at TB (11/1) when David Dixon left the game with a shoulder injury

College
All-Ivy League, All-New England and Division I-AA All-ECAC choice as a senior...Led the way as Harvard's offense ranked fifth in the nation in rushing (207.7 ypg) and in passing efficiency (86.3 rating) as a senior in 1997...Helped Harvard win the Ivy League title with a 9-1 record his senior season...Earned his degree in economics from Harvard in 1998.

High School, Personal
Prepped at Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, MN) HS...Birk has pledged to donate his brain and spinal cord tissues after death to a Boston University medical school program that studies sports brain injuries…Matt and his wife, Adrianna, have three daughters (Madison, Sydney, and Ava) and two sons (Grant and Cole).

Community
Named a "2010 JB Award Honoree"...The award, named in honor of CBS broadcaster James Brown, recognizes NFL players for their outstanding contributions to the community...One of seven finalists for the 2009 Byron "Whizzer" White award as NFL's top community volunteer/leader...In his first 11 years in the NFL, Birk was one of the most involved Minnesota Vikings players in the Twin Cities community...Was the seven-time (2002-08) Vikings Man of the Year, named one of three finalists for the 2008 NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and named the Vikings' Ed Block Courage Award winner by his teammates in 2006...Started the Matt Birk H.I.K.E. Foundation (Hope, Inspiration, Knowledge, Education.) in 2002 to benefit deserving and high-achieving students...Upon his arrival to Baltimore, Birk tailored the mission of the H.I.K.E. Foundation to provide at-risk Baltimore-area children the educational opportunities needed to excel in the classroom and in life...The H.I.K.E. Foundation impacts 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...Launched the 'Ready, Set, Read' program in Baltimore in 2010, which provides incentives to students who work hard to read, and he serves as the "Reading Spokesman" for all city elementary and middle schools. In addition, Birk and friends provided 15,000 books to students in 14 Baltimore City schools...Proceeds from the foundation's Celebrity Server Night, where Birk and celebrity friends serve dinner to more than 300 guests, benefit the charitable arm (More information on Birk's H.I.K.E. Foundation is available at www.H.I.K.E.foundation.org.)

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