Eden Prairie, MN (December 26, 2013) – The Minnesota Vikings will honor Matt Birk’s career prior to kickoff of the final game at Mall of America Field on December 29, 2013. Birk will serve as an honorary captain for the Vikings game against the Detroit Lions.
Birk was originally drafted by the Vikings in the 6th round (#173 overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft and spent 11 seasons with the Vikings (1998-2008) and 4 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens (2009-12). He earned Pro Bowl honors six times during his career (2000, ’01, ’03, ’04, ’06, ‘07). Birk has been named to the All-Mall of America Field Team, the 50 Greatest Vikings, was the 2011 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year and capped his NFL career as a member of the Super Bowl XLVII Champion Baltimore Ravens. He was also named the USA Today Sports Weekly’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s. Birk retired from the NFL following the 2012 season.