Originally written on Gridiron Grit  |  Last updated 2/23/13

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Matt Birk #77 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on as blood drips from the bridge of his nose against the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-13. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Matt Birk will not have a retirement special on ESPN and the local stations in Baltimore are not looking to feature him in a long drama. Clearly, in his brief four-year stint with the Baltimore Ravens, Birk will be remembered as one of the greatest Ravens of all-time by the organization, and after 15 seasons of playing on a high level in the NFL, Birk walked from the game he loves Friday, as a champion. “We were all so fortunate to have Matt Birk as a Raven – the team, everyone in our building, the community,” said Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh. “It was a privilege to coach him and an honor to have him as a friend. We are better people for being around Matt, blessed in fact. Young players could watch Matt and know that was how to be an NFL professional. “He took notes like a rookie, he owned the weight room, and we would have to push him to take some plays off in practice,” he continued. “There are reasons he played at such a high level for 15 years. We will miss having him here ...
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