Welcome back to the show, folks! Today’s guest is Baltimore Ravens legend Matt Birk. Matt is a two time NFL All Pro Center and Super Bowl 47 Champion. We catch up with Matt and see how retired life has been, Matt’s career with Minnesota and Baltimore, going out as a champion, and running Matt Birk & Company. Enjoy!
Matt Birk. Super Bowl Champion. All Pro. Pro Bowl. Governor?? Ep. 23
Unrestricted with Ben Leber
Matt Birk may be the most accomplished guy I've been around in a long time. He played Center for 15yrs in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens. He has an economics degree from Harvard University; 2X All-Pro; 6X Pro Bowler; Super Bowl Champ. He is the father of 8 children (6 biological & 2 adopted). He has created multiple businesses along with a charitable foundation. He has also dabbled in stand up comedy, showing off his quick wit and likeable personality. This episode is full of football stories, one of which he's never told before, and what his life is like raising his 8 children. But maybe the biggest question he answered is whether or not he is running for the Governor of Minnesota. That is a rumor that has been circling around for the last couple of months and he was gracious enough to answer it fully. Big thanks to Matt Birk for being Unrestricted.Sponsor Thanks:www.douglasandtodd.comwww.wexford-harbour.com/unrestricted
In this episode we make our return with the biggest name we've had so far, Author, Harvard Grad, and Superbowl Champ Matt Birk! We're sorry about some about the technical issues, sadly part of distance recording. Still a great episode!
Stern Boss Tim Sabean & NFL Star Matt Birk PLUS Shuli!
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All podcasts are loaded @ YOUTUBE.COM/STWEEKLY including the full Shuli interview I did which is here https://youtu.be/nsO079KyNQ4More Howard Stern related content is going up there regularly, so be sure to subscribe to see all the interviews.https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxVilPnnXHZy8Op4qRZTjbI_BRBCVUlAyAnd just added to youtube is a chat with former Stern HowardTV director Scott DePace!https://youtu.be/xIpUHujJ3GwOn this edition, Tim Sabean returns. He ran the Stern channels at Sirius from the beginning and he tells more stories from his time there, including an incredible look at Artie Lange's last day. Plus Matt Birk is along for the ride as he is helping Tim with a business venture. Birk is one of the all time great OL in the NFL and we talk about his time with the Vikings and more. Plus...I give a quick preview of my interview with Shuli! Shuli left the show abruptly after moving to Alabama during covid last year, controversially..to say the least. Other recommended videos on my youtube channel:Johnny Bench angry at me for Pete Rose hall of fame question - youtu.be/r48ZVXXEdmQMy Mark McGwire interview goes wrong very quickly in 1998youtu.be/ShdZxZHm44ERic Flair interview talking great matchesyoutu.be/7yzsslP5QvY
SI Gambling Podcast - Mike Golic and Matt Birk Talk Super Bowl, O-Line/D-Line Matchups, and the Largest Ever Game of Squares
The SI Fantasy & Gambling Podcast
On a brand new episode of the SI Gambling Podcast, Ben Heisler is joined by longtime ESPN Radio host, analyst and former NFL defensive lineman Mike Golic, as well as Super Bowl champion and 6x Pro Bowl offensive lineman Matt Birk.The guys cover a wide variety of topics, notably an in-depth breakdown on how these two team's interior line play matches up. Plus predictions on Super Bowl LV and info on how listeners can try to win $2.4 million on Sunday playing squares on Sunday.Mike and Matt joined the show on behalf of Super Squares®, which is hosting the World’s Biggest Super Bowl Squares Party via the Super Squares® Twitch channel. Anyone can join virtually, while simultaneously playing the squares game with their friends.The SI Fantasy & Gambling Podcast is presented by DraftKings and DraftKings Sportsbook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Joining me in the Huddle this week is my former teammate and friend, Matt Birk. He played center and was a Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens, a 6-time Pro Bowler and Walter Payton Man of the Year. He had an incredible NFL career and continues his endeavors off the field with his company, https://www.mattbirkandcompany.com Join me in the Huddle with Matt Birk!
Three Deep w/ Wobby - Matt Birk and Mike Tice chat the Resurgent Minnesota Vikings!
On this VERY special episode of 'Three Deep' (or... 'Four Deep?') Wobby and Joe are joined by Minnesota Vikings legend Matt Birk as well as very special surprise guest former Vikings head coach Mike Tice! They discuss the resurgent Vikings, the state of the offensive line and thoughts on zone blocking, Garrett Bradbury, Pat Elflein, etc.
Matt Birk played in the NFL for 15 years. He came into the NFL as a 6th round pick after going to Harvard as an undergraduate. Matt played for the Baltimore Ravens, winning a Super Bowl with them, and he also played for the Minnesota Vikings for a number of years, which was his hometown football team. Matt was a 2-time All-Pro, a 6-time Pro Bowl selection, a Super Bowl winner as well. During the episode, Matt will share how he wound up at Harvard, what that experience was like for him, and how it helped shape him for the pros. In the NFL, Matt thrived. He changed positions in the NFL, moving from tackle to center on the offensive line. We discuss what that transition was like and all that he had to keep track of being at the forefront of the offense. Matt will also discuss humble preparation in our conversation and how valuable that was during his career. Lastly, speaking from the perspective of someone who played a position where you only get recognized for making mistakes, Matt also discusses the importance of not getting caught up on failures. In this episode, we discuss what life was like for Matt as a kid and his overall journey (5:07), the other sports he played as a kid and why he didn’t excel at them (11:05), if being overweight as a kid influenced how he was treated (11:57), his relationships with his siblings and how that impacted his sports career (12:47), if he played other sports in high school (16:42), his views on academics growing up and if it came easily to him (18:08), what it was like for him and what his comfort level was at Harvard (19:56), if he felt like he belonged academically and athletically while in school there (21:27), if he loved football (26:30), what his mindset on gameday was like (30:06), if he prepared during the week with a fear of failure on Sundays (30:45), his mindset as a center on a running play as opposed to his mindset on a passing play (35:30), if he was fully reliant on muscle memory as a center or if he had to shift between focusing fully on snapping the ball to the quarterback and focusing fully on blocking (36:55), how Matt would shift his mind between preparation and performance (43:31), Matt’s journey as an underdog and how that impacted his mindset on gameday to not only compete, but to excel at the highest level (47:28), if he felt like he had an “unfair advantage” in his levels of intelligence and his ability to remember plays, the role faith plays in his life, and if he would leverage those two attributes on gameday (50:05), what he noticed in his 15 years were the commonalities among high-performing, elite teams (55:52), and what he has hanging on his walls at home today (59:35). You can check out Matt’s company “Matt Birk and Company” here, and you can follow Matt on Instagram @mattbirk77! Thank you so much to Matt for coming on the podcast! I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that was released in October of 2020, and you can order it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers. Thanks for listening. -Brian