Matt Birk, a 15-year NFL veteran, will be one of the speakers at the 2016 March for Life in Washington, D.C.
In 2013 Birk, who played center for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, refused an invitation to visit the White House with his team over the issue of abortion.
"I wasn't there," Birk said at the time. "I would say this, I would say that I have great respect for the office of the presidency, but about five or six weeks ago, our president made a comment in a speech and he said, 'God bless Planned Parenthood.'"
"Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions a year. I am Catholic, I am active in the pro-life movement and I just felt like I couldn't deal with that. I couldn't endorse that in any way."
"We are delighted to have Matt Birk speak at the March for Life this year," Jeanne Mancini, the President of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund, told CNS News. "His experience and personal story are inspiring, and on top of that he's a great speaker."
Birk, 39, was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and the 2011 Walter Payton Man of the Year. He is now the NFL director of football development.