Matt Birk denies report that he's retiring

Matt Birk shot down a report by NFL analyst and former general manager Charlie Casserly on CBS’ pre-game show stating that the Ravens center intended to retire from football after this season.

Birk, who is nearing the end of his 14th year in the NFL, echoed inside linebacker Ray Lewis’ stance, insisting that he is concentrating on the present.

“I don’t think it’s unique for someone in my situation to contemplate it, but I’m just focused on the moment, on the now,” Birk said after the team’s 20-13 win against the Houston Texans in Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff contest. “I’ve done it for a while, and nothing is guaranteed in this game. You don’t know when your last play is going to be, or your last game, and things happen, life happens. I just worry about the now, and after the season, there will be plenty of time to figure out what I’m going to do next year.”

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