|National Football League|
|Feb. 22 9:24 AM PT10:24 AM MT11:24 AM CT12:24 PM ET17:24 GMT1:24 AM 北京时间10:24 AM MST12:24 PM EST11:24 AM CT21:24 UAE12:24 16:24 - Birk has decided to retire after 15 seasons in the NFL, the last winning a Super Bowl title with the Baltimore Ravens.
Analysis: A sixth-round draft selection in 1998, Birk played 11 seasons in Minnesota before going to Baltimore. He went to six Pro Bowls and played 210 regular-season games with 124 consecutive starts, including the playoffs. Birk also has agreed to donate his brain and spinal cord to the Center for Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University's School of Medicine for head trauma research.
|Oct. 2 2:52 PM PT3:52 PM MT4:52 PM CT5:52 PM ET21:52 GMT5:52 AM 北京时间2:52 PM MST4:52 PM EST4:52 PM CT1:52 UAE (+1)17:52 20:52 - Birk has voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage, a view that opposes that of teammate Brandon Ayanbadejo.
Analysis: In an article printed Sunday in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Birk wrote, "Ideas have consequences, and laws shape culture. Marriage redefinition will affect the broader well-being of children and the welfare of society. As a Christian and a citizen, I am compelled to care about both." Birk is a Roman Catholic and father of six. Ayanbadejo previously spoke in favor of gay marriage.