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12-08-2007, 11:00 AM
Birk joins push to aid retired players (http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/12269741.html)

By KEVIN SEIFERT, Star Tribune

Last update: December 7, 2007 - 9:54 PM

Vikings center Matt Birk is among a group of NFL players who are joining a national movement to aid retired players through financial donations and other means....

12-08-2007, 11:01 AM
He must be thinking about retirement.

12-08-2007, 11:02 AM
"marstc09" wrote:

He must be thinking about retirement.

With the injuries he's had, I'm sure he is thinking about it.

12-09-2007, 07:26 AM
POSTED 8:54 a.m. EST; LAST UPDATED 9:21 a.m. EST, December 8, 2007
BIRK JUMPING ON EFFORT TO HELP RETIRED PLAYERS (http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm)

Vikings center Matt Birk apparently will announce plans on Tuesday to donate a portion of his December 23 game check to Gridiron Greats, a fund that provides financial assistance to retired NFL players.

Birk and others will appear at a press conference on Tuesday (http://ww2.startribune.com/scripts/registration/setpass.php?goto=http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/12269741.html) at Birk's restaurant in Minneapolis.
Though Birk won't comment, it's believed that he and other active players will be pitching in.

Recently, Chiefs offensive tackle Kyle Turley said that he'll donate $25,000 as part of "Gridiron Guardian Sunday (http://www.prweb.com/releases/Gridiron_Greats/Assistance_Fund/prweb574977.htm)," and Not-So-Crazy Joe Davola's contribution has been matched by the likes of John McEnroe, Bob Costas, and Charles Barkley.

Birk's involvement has potential significance that goes well beyond any financial contribution he might make.
A Harvard grad, Birk has been outspoken in the past (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11658949) about the NFL Players Association and, specifically, the leadership provided by executive director Gene Upshaw.

So we've got a feeling that Birk's comments on Tuesday might generate a little controversy.
And we can't wait to hear them.

12-09-2007, 07:42 AM
"BadlandsViking" wrote:

"marstc09" wrote:

He must be thinking about retirement.

With the injuries he's had, I'm sure he is thinking about it.

All? He's had the one that I recall.

1998 Vikings 7 0
1999 Vikings 15 0
2000 Vikings 16 16
2001 Vikings 16 16
2002 Vikings 16 16
2003 Vikings 16 16
2004 Vikings 12 11
2006 Vikings 16 16
2007 Vikings 12 12

12-12-2007, 05:08 AM
Minnesota Viking Matt Birk Announced Participation in 'Gridiron Guardian Sunday' Initiative at Press Conference Today with Support of Five Teammates (http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2007/12/emw576084.htm)


December 11, 2007

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) December 11, 2007 -- At a press conference hosted by Mike Ditka today, Matt Birk, Center for Minnesota Vikings, and several other current NFL players announced their participation in “Gridiron Guardian Sunday”, the grassroots humanitarian effort to aid retired players in dire need. Five of Birk’s teammates, including Steve Hutchinson, Anthony Herrera, Ryan Cook, Marcus Johnson and Ben Leber, attended the event in show of support.....

12-12-2007, 05:20 AM
Fund for N.F.L. Retirees in Need of Help Is Gaining Support (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/12/sports/football/12veterans.html?_r=1&ref=sports&oref=slogin)


Published: December 12, 2007

Minnesota Vikings center Matt Birk announced that he would give $25,000 to the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, a year-old, not-for-profit group that aids N.F.L. retirees in medical and financial straits......

12-12-2007, 05:21 AM
Birk donates $25,000 to retired players (http://nc.startribune.com/blogs/vikings/?p=1210)

December 11th, 2007 – 1:15 PM
by Kevin Seifert

Vikings center Matt Birk today joined a grassroots campaign to aid retired NFL players with dire financial and medical needs, donating $25,000 to the non-profit Gridiron Greats during a news conference this morning at Matty B’s restaurant....

12-12-2007, 05:33 AM
Taking care of those who paved the way (http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/12388766.html)

The Vikings' Matt Birk is becoming involved with other current players trying to help former ones with football-related injuries.

By KEVIN SEIFERT, Star Tribune

Last update: December 11, 2007 - 10:48 PM

One man can crusade, but two can launch a movement. So went the thinking behind Matt Birk's decision to jump into one of the most controversial issues facing the NFL....

12-12-2007, 08:28 AM
Yes I saw this on the news last night, if all the players donates 5k each year that would add 8 million to the retired fund. HUGE! Its only right with the $$ they are Making these days.

12-13-2007, 02:48 AM
NFL addresses some disability issues (http://www.twincities.com/ci_7707587?source=rss)

Birk, Gridiron Greats cautiously optimistic

Pioneer Press

12-13-2007, 05:27 AM
good ol' birk, always an upstanding guy

12-13-2007, 05:54 AM
NFL unveils changes to disability program (http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/12447291.html)

By Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune

Last update: December 12, 2007 - 9:46 PM

The NFL and its players union announced changes Wednesday to the league's much-maligned program for disability benefits, one day after Vikings center Matt Birk announced his involvement in a Dec. 23 fundraiser to benefit retired players........

12-22-2007, 06:56 AM
Minnesota Vikings' Matt Birk: 'Hundreds' want to help disabled former NFL players (http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_7783693)

Center is raising money for disabled former players

Pioneer Press

Article Last Updated: 12/22/2007 12:21:20 AM CST

Vikings center Matt Birk, who earlier this month joined the movement to help disabled former NFL players, said the response to the group's fundraising efforts has been overwhelming......

12-22-2007, 09:12 AM
"Vikes_King" wrote:

good ol' birk, always an upstanding guy

Must be all the schooolin he's had.