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Updated: July 10th, 2014 3:51pm
Former Vikings C Matt Birk named Director of Football Development

Former Vikings C Matt Birk named Director of Football Development

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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Former Vikings center Matt Birk has a new job title.

The NFL on Thursday announced Birk will be the new Director of Football Development. He's the eighth player to hold the title, joining Merton Hanks, Dwight Hollier, Patrick Kerney, James Thrash, David Tyree, Troy Vincent and Charles Way.

His new gig entails "developing the game at all levels of the sport," according to a release. That includes players, coaches and front office types.

Birk went to six Pro Bowls in his career, and he was well-liked in Minnesota by Vikings fans. He spent the 2013 season working as an NFL-NFLPA appeals officer.

He'll be involved in the NFL scouting combine, the regional combines and the all-star games for aspiring NFL players.

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

According to the release, Birk also will have a leading role in evolving the Career Development Symposium; oversee the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship program and NFL-NCAA Future Football Coaches Academy; serve as a liaison for the Football Operations department on the international development of the game; and assist in further strengthening the NFL High School Player Development program.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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