Matt Birk ’98 Named NFL’s Director of Football Development

A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Birk has been tabbed as the director of football development, the National Football League announced over the weekend.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Former Harvard football standout Matt Birk '98 has been named the National Football League's director of football development, the organization announced over the weekend.

The NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2012, Birk was a standout center for the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens from 1998-2012 and concluded his career by helping Baltimore to a victory in Super Bowl XLVII. He spent the 2013 season working as an NFL-NFLPA appeals officer.

In his new role, Birk will assist in developing the game at all levels of the sport, from players to coaches to front office personnel. He will also assist in the administration of NFL game day operations. Birk will guide the continued evolution of the Scouting Combine and Regional Combines as well as the annual all-star games for aspiring NFL players, such as the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game.

A 1998 graduate from Harvard with a degree in economics, Birk earned All-Ivy League and All-ECAC honors and was the first Crimson lineman to be selected in the NFL draft since Roger Caron '85 in 1985.