Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/23/13
Though he wasn't as outspoken as former teammate Brendon Ayanbadejo or current Raiders punter Chris Kluwe, former Ravens center Matt Birk let it be known last year that he has an interest in politics. Now that he's retired from football after winning a Super Bowl, some others have taken an interest in Birk perhaps running for public office. He's not commented on reports that he met with the Republican National Senatorial Committee, but Birk said he's been discussing all kinds of possible candidacies. “Kind of the whole gamut. Governor, [U.S.] senator,” Birk told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “The term ‘public servant' -- that's appealing to me. There is something about the idea I still find romantic.” And there's no question he's not afraid to say what he believes is right. He declined an invitation to celebrate with his Super Bowl winning team at the White House because he disagreed with President Obama's stance on abortion, saying, “I am active in the pro-life movement, and I just felt like I couldn't deal with that.” Birk also has discussed his objection to gay marriage, writing in an editorial last October to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children -- the next generation … The effects of no-fault divorce, adultery, and the nonchalant attitude toward marriage by some have done great harm to this sacred institution. How much longer do we put the desires of adults before the needs of kids? Why are we not doing more to lift up and strengthen the institution of marriage?”
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