While Ray Lewis is certainly the preeminent figure of Baltimore Ravens football, and his run is coming to end when this season ends, there is another Ravens player who may not be returning next year. Matt Birk could retire after the year is over, but he doesn't expect the focus to be on him.
Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun says Birk won't make any immediate decisions on his future, but retirement is very possible. Birk spoke about his future briefly and how he expects to go out.
"A guy like Ray Lewis, you send him off properly — press conferences, all that stuff," Birk said after Friday's practice. "Guys like me, I just disappear, and then you're sitting around one day wondering, 'Hey, whatever happened to that guy whose locker used to be over here?' That's how it goes."
Birk was the 173rd overall pick in the 1998 draft. He was picked up by the Minnesota Vikings with whom he spent the majority of his career. However, Birk has spent the last four seasons with Baltimore. The veteran center probably doesn't get the credit he deserves, but he seems to understand that. He seems at peace with his place in the football world. If he retires, the Ravens will be losing a guy with incredible durability. He has started every game dating back to the 2006 season.
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