Birk made headlines in 2013 after the Ravens won the Super Bowl and he skipped the traditional team visit to the White House to be recognized by President Obama. He explained at the time that Obama’s position on abortion was why he declined to join his teammates at the White House.
But Birk said people within the NFL and elsewhere praised him for standing up for what he believed in and even people on the street stopped him to thank him for his witness.
“Whether you agree or not I think they have to respect my point of view – certainly in the media and social media the sentiment might have been a little different – but you can’t put any stock in that,” he said. “You do what you are called to do, what you feel is on your heart.”
Birk was hired by the NFL as the director of football development, after he retired from the Ravens. During the interview he recalled the support he had in the locker room for his faith and his beliefs.
“I think what people don’t realize about the NFL is the locker room is a very spiritual place, actually spirituality is part of the football culture,” he said. …
A lifelong Catholic, Birk and his wife have six kids and recently adopted a child into their family. He explained that as he and his wife got further involved in pro-life activism, they felt called to adopt.