Ravens’ Birk announces retirement at Battle Grove
Friday, 22 February 2013 13:37
by Ben Boehl

    Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk announced his retirement from the NFL at Battle Grove Elementary School in North Point Village on Thursday. Birk played 15 years in the league and spent the last four seasons with the Ravens.
    He announced his retirement in front of a few Battle Grove students and members of the Baltimore media. One student asked Birk why he was retiring.
    “I’m old, I have six kids and it is time,” Birk said with a laugh.
    Birk just finished his career this month when the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII, but said his decision wasn’t solely based on the team winning the NFL title game.
    He explained that at the end of each of the last few seasons, he sat down and evaluated his future  on a year-to-year basis. He did not decide to retire until last week, although he admitted it is nice to go out with a championship.
    “I can’t ask for anything more. It is a great way to end it, but no one is entitled to a Super Bowl, especially not me.”
    Of all places to make the announcement, why at Battle Grove?
    Birk answered that he was impressed with the student body when he visited the school back in December when he promoted his HIKE (Hope, Inspiration, Knowledge and Education) Foundation that encourages students to read.
    “The reason why I came here today is that I enjoyed playing football, but I enjoy this just as much,” Birk said to the kids.
    “I get a lot of positive energy from you guys and I thought this would be the place to do it.”