The following is a statement on behalf of the Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings organization and the Wilf family congratulate Matt Birk on his retirement from the NFL after a long and successful fifteen-year career that concluded with a Super Bowl victory this past season. Matt began his 11-year career with the Vikings as a sixth-round pick in 1998 and he earned six Pro Bowl berths along the way while helping the Vikings qualify for the playoffs five times in that span. Matt, a native of St. Paul, was also named Vikings Community Man of the Year six consecutive seasons, and while playing for the Ravens he was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2011. Matt has been a great teammate, community member and NFL ambassador throughout his playing career, and he will always be remembered for his hard-nosed play on the field and generous nature off it.
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