As a Vikings fan I have been following the careers of their players for the better part of the last 25 years. Over that time I have had player that I liked, some I respected, and some I admired. None more so the Matt Birk, he has been and exemplary professional athlete and I hope he gets to retire as a Viking. If you want to hear comments from a smart football player who has the right idea on life and his job read the following article, its worth the time. Birk Reports, Comments on Absence