Former Ravens Center Matt Birk joined Ed & Steve to talk about retiring and life after football.

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Steve asked Matt Birk why he retired and told him he was bummed out by it. Birk said he retired because it was time for him to go, and it couldn’t end any better than it did.

Ed asked Matt what he will do now after his retirement from the NFL. Matt said the thing he has to realize is that he’ll never be able to replace the physical adrenaline rush you get from playing in the NFL. However he says that’s okay and he is grateful for his time in the NFL and time with the Ravens, and for now he will just focus on his family and waiting on his next job until his wife gets sick of him being around the house.

Ed asked Matt if he left us in good hands with Gino Gradkowski who will likely replace him. Birk said Gino is absolutely ready to takeover as the starting center for the Ravens. Birk called him a “right way guy” he is a good hard working kid who comes from a great family background.

Ed asked about the hot button topic of allowing children to play football. Matt said he would allow kids to play football, he thinks however it should start at high school and not so much when they’re younger than that. Birk said football can teach many life lessons about team work. Birk also said let kids play the sports they want to play not just what their parents want them to play whether it be football or any of the many other sports.

Steve asked Matt about whether or not teams would accept a gay player in the locker room. Birk said it depends on whether the guy can play or not, because that is all that really matters. He said will get some “knuckleheads who will be idiots about it…sure” but he said for the most part it would be accepted, but it would not be an easy process.

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Birk also said he will watch Dancing With The Stars now that Jacoby Jones is going to be a contestant, and said he’ll be impressive. Birk said he taught Jacoby some white guy moves on the dance floor.


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