Matt Birk is going out on top.
The six-time Pro Bowl center announced his retirement Friday after 15 years in the NFL, the last four of which were spent with the Baltimore Ravens.
Which means that his last time on the football field as a pro player was earlier this month, when he and the rest of the Ravens nation were celebrating a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
"I guess I’ll always come back to just after that game, on the field, with teammates and with my family," Birk said. "That moment, it was like a half an hour or whatever. But that long moment, I’m going to have forever. That’s a great thing."