Ex-Viking Matt Birk takes job with NFL

MINNEAPOLIS -- Matt Birk, who spent 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings before winning a Super Bowl and ending his career with the Baltimore Ravens, has a new job with the NFL.

The league named Birk its director of football development on Thursday afternoon, giving the St. Paul, Minnesota, native a wide-ranging role in which he will work with everyone from players to coaches to team officials. Birk will assist in the administration of NFL game-day operations, advise the league on scouting combines and college all-star games and have a hand in some of the league's growth initiatives, such as its minority coaching fellowship program and its international development programs.

"I’m very excited to begin this next chapter of my football career,” Birk said in a statement. “It’s a real honor for me to be entrusted with developing the game in so many different ways.”

According to a news release, Birk, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, is the eighth former player to take a job at the NFL's New York office, joining Merton Hanks, Dwight Hollier, Patrick Kerney, James Thrash, David Tyree, Troy Vincent and Charles Way.