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Matt Birk was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and later played for the Baltimore Ravens. He is a two-time All-Pro, six-time Pro Bowl selection, and a Super Bowl champion. Birk attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was a letterman and standout in football, basketball, and track & field. He was an All-St. Paul Conference honoree, an Academic All-State honoree, and an All-State honoree in both football and basketball. In 1994, Birk proudly proclaims that he was able to hold Sam Jacobson (Minnesota Mr. Basketball of that year) to 29 points in the section basketball finals. Birk graduated from Cretin-Derham in 1994. Birk graduated from Harvard University in 1998 with a degree in economics. While playing for the Harvard Crimson, he attained All-Ivy League, All-New England and Division I-AA All-ECAC first team football honors.

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Matt Birk, the Baltimore Ravens' center who retired after the team's Super Bowl win, didn't join the team this week at the White House. He said it was because of President Obama's support for Planned Parenthood. "I am Catholic, I am active in the pro-life movement, and I just felt like I couldn't deal with that," he said. (Associated Press)

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Matt Birk, the Baltimore Ravens' center who retired after the team's Super Bowl win, didn't join the team this week at the White House. He said it was because of President Obama's support for Planned Parenthood. "I am Catholic, I am active in the pro-life movement, and I just felt like I couldn't deal with that," he said. (Associated Press)

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Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk (77) walks from the field after an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)