Ravens center Matt Birk said before the Super Bowl that his exit from the NFL would be much quieter than that of his teammate Ray Lewis.
Birk’s just not sure when that departure will come. He flirted with the idea of retirement last year before choosing to return to the Ravens, a decision that paid off rather handsomely on Sunday night. He’s not ready to say that he’s going to be following Lewis into the sunset, though.
“I am not a bright guy, but I do know this: Don’t make any decision before you have to. I normally take a week off after the season and I start working out again. Guys with not a lot of talent, that’s what they have to do in the NFL,” Birk said during an interview on KFAN in Minnesota, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “So in a week, maybe two weeks, I’ll figure it out and see what’s going on. My mindset is I’m playing ’til I’m not, but with all that being said, I’m just a guy that’s happy to be a part of this.”
If Birk does call it a career, he’ll end his playing days after 15 seasons and six Pro Bowl selections. The Ravens drafted Gino Gradkowski in the fourth round last year with the intent of making him the next man to snap the ball to Joe Flacco.