Now the former Ravens and Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman will be involved in development of the game and administration of game-day operations. Birk also will work with the NFL scouting combine and regional scouting combines as well as the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine all-star games.
“I’m very excited to begin this next chapter of my football career,” Birk said in a statement. “It’s a real honor for me to be entrusted with developing the game in so many different ways.”
Birk also will be involved with the NFL Career Development Symposium and the NFL-NCAA Future Football Coaches Academy initiative; supervise the Bill Walsh minority coaching fellowship program; and serve as a liaison for the Football Operations department, working with international development of the game and NFL High School Player Development program.
Birk graduated from Harvard with a degree in economics and will be based at NFL headquarters in New York.
“Matt’s experience as a terrific NFL player, a model citizen in his community and a reputation as a forward-thinking leader make him ideally suited for this role,” NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said. “There is no doubt he will continue to make a positive impact on our game and be a trusted advocate for those who play and coach at every level.”