Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Homecoming for Matt Birk, P. Williams directs smack towards Ravens


Six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk isn’t sure what it’s going to feel like when he returns to the Metrodome for the first time after leaving the Vikings during free agency.

“If I said no, I’d be lying,” Birk said in response to a question about whether it will feel strange on Sunday. “I don’t know what it’s going to feel like. I’ve never done it before. In a lot of ways, it’s another trip, but I guess in a lot of ways it’s not.”

The Harvard graduate isn’t just a former Viking. He’s a longtime St. Paul resident whose family remains in the Twin Cities.

“On my fifth birthday, we took a bunch of my friends to a Twins game,” Birk said when asked to recall his fondest memory of the Metrodome. “It’s true.”

He said he wasn’t sure if he’ll be cheered or booed.Birk will be tasked with blocking the Vikings’ Williams Wall, which consists of massive defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams.The return of Birk to Minnesota has received a lot of attention, at least in the Twin Cities. And Pat Williams, who’s an ornery sort, is tired of being asked about Birk.

"Everyone’s trying to make it a Birk thing, a Pat thing, but I don’t care," Williams told Minnesota reporters. "We don’t miss him around here. We don’t care about no [expletive] Baltimore or nothing. We’re on a mission. We’re worried about the Minnesota Vikings. That’s it."

Williams is also fed up with the assertion that the hard-hitting Ravens are going to push the Vikings around."I’m tired of people saying it’s going to be a physical game," Williams said. "Our team is physical. We’re the physical team."

And he guaranteed that running backs Ray Rice and Willis McGahee aren’t going to eclipse the century mark.“They got to show up, too,” he said. “We ain’t giving up no 100.”

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