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    Birk joins push to aid retired players - 5 other Vikings show support

    [size=13pt]Birk joins push to aid retired players[/size]

    By KEVIN SEIFERT, Star Tribune

    Last update: December 7, 2007 - 9:54 PM


    Vikings center Matt Birk is among a group of NFL players who are joining a national movement to aid retired players through financial donations and other means....


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    Re: Birk joins push to aid retired players

    He must be thinking about retirement.

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    Re: Birk joins push to aid retired players

    "marstc09" wrote:
    He must be thinking about retirement.
    With the injuries he's had, I'm sure he is thinking about it.

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    Birk jumping on effort to help retired player

    POSTED 8:54 a.m. EST; LAST UPDATED 9:21 a.m. EST, December 8, 2007
    BIRK JUMPING ON EFFORT TO HELP RETIRED PLAYERS

    Vikings center Matt Birk apparently will announce plans on Tuesday to donate a portion of his December 23 game check to Gridiron Greats, a fund that provides financial assistance to retired NFL players.

    Birk and others will appear at a press conference on Tuesday at Birk's restaurant in Minneapolis.
    Though Birk won't comment, it's believed that he and other active players will be pitching in.

    Recently, Chiefs offensive tackle Kyle Turley said that he'll donate $25,000 as part of "Gridiron Guardian Sunday," and Not-So-Crazy Joe Davola's contribution has been matched by the likes of John McEnroe, Bob Costas, and Charles Barkley.

    Birk's involvement has potential significance that goes well beyond any financial contribution he might make.
    A Harvard grad, Birk has been outspoken in the past about the NFL Players Association and, specifically, the leadership provided by executive director Gene Upshaw.


    So we've got a feeling that Birk's comments on Tuesday might generate a little controversy.
    And we can't wait to hear them.

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    Re: Birk joins push to aid retired players

    "BadlandsViking" wrote:
    "marstc09" wrote:
    He must be thinking about retirement.
    With the injuries he's had, I'm sure he is thinking about it.
    All? He's had the one that I recall.

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    Re: Birk joins push to aid retired players - 5 other Vikings show support

    [size=13pt]Minnesota Viking Matt Birk Announced Participation in 'Gridiron Guardian Sunday' Initiative at Press Conference Today with Support of Five Teammates[/size]

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    December 11, 2007


    Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) December 11, 2007 -- At a press conference hosted by Mike Ditka today, Matt Birk, Center for Minnesota Vikings, and several other current NFL players announced their participation in “Gridiron Guardian Sunday”, the grassroots humanitarian effort to aid retired players in dire need. Five of Birk’s teammates, including Steve Hutchinson, Anthony Herrera, Ryan Cook, Marcus Johnson and Ben Leber, attended the event in show of support.....



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    Re: Birk joins push to aid retired players - 5 other Vikings show support

    [size=13pt]Fund for N.F.L. Retirees in Need of Help Is Gaining Support[/size]

    By PAT BORZI
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    Published: December 12, 2007



    Minnesota Vikings center Matt Birk announced that he would give $25,000 to the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, a year-old, not-for-profit group that aids N.F.L. retirees in medical and financial straits......


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    Re: Birk joins push to aid retired players - 5 other Vikings show support

    [size=13pt]Birk donates $25,000 to retired players[/size]

    December 11th, 2007 – 1:15 PM
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    Vikings center Matt Birk today joined a grassroots campaign to aid retired NFL players with dire financial and medical needs, donating $25,000 to the non-profit Gridiron Greats during a news conference this morning at Matty B’s restaurant....

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    Re: Birk joins push to aid retired players - 5 other Vikings show support

    [size=13pt]Taking care of those who paved the way[/size]

    The Vikings' Matt Birk is becoming involved with other current players trying to help former ones with football-related injuries.

    By KEVIN SEIFERT, Star Tribune

    Last update: December 11, 2007 - 10:48 PM



    One man can crusade, but two can launch a movement. So went the thinking behind Matt Birk's decision to jump into one of the most controversial issues facing the NFL....



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    Re: Birk joins push to aid retired players - 5 other Vikings show support

    Yes I saw this on the news last night, if all the players donates 5k each year that would add 8 million to the retired fund. HUGE! Its only right with the $$ they are Making these days.
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