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Matt Hasselbeck
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Personal information
Date of birth September 25 1975 (1975-09-25) (age 48)
Place of birth Boulder, Colorado
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Xaverian Brothers High School
(Westwood, Massachusetts )
College Boston College (1994-1997)
NFL Draft 1998 / Round: 6 / Pick: 187th
Selected by the Green Bay Packers
Playing career 1998-2015 (17 years)
Position Quarterback
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× Pro Bowl (2003, 2005, 2007)
  • Seattle Seahawks 35th Anniversary team

Matt Hasselbeck (born September 25, 1975[1]) is a former American football quarterback who played for the Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans. He has formerly played for the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and the Tennessee Titans. Hassebeck, who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft, after spending three years as backup to starting All-Pro QB and future Hall of Famer Brett Favre, was traded to Seattle in 2001. After becoming the starter in 2003, Hasselbeck led Seattle to six playoff appearances and a Super Bowl appearance while being selected to three Pro Bowls. He was also first-team All-Pro following the 2005 season.

Early life[]

Hasselbeck is the son of Betsy and Don Hasselbeck, a former New England Patriots tight end. Matt and younger brothers Tim and Nathanael grew up in Norfolk, Massachusetts, attending Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood. He was selected as an honorable mention All-American by USA Today as a high school senior.

Hasselbeck spent one semester at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California before transferring to Boston College near his family's hometown. He played for the Boston College Eagles football team from 1994 through 1997, including two years with his younger brother Tim. Hasselbeck finished his college career as the team's starting quarterback (a position his brother Tim would later hold with the Eagles). He graduated with a degree in marketing and finance .[2]

Personal life[]

Hasselbeck married his college sweetheart, Sarah Egnaczyk, on June 17, 2000.[3] They met at age 17. Sarah was an athlete at Boston College, playing with the field hockey team. Together they have two daughters, Annabelle (2002) and Mallorie (2003), and a son, Henry (2005).[4][5]

He is the brother-in-law of television personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who is married to his brother Tim.

Professional career[]

Green Bay Packers[]

Hasselbeck was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round (187th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft.[6][7] He joined the team's practice squad in 1998 and then backed-up starter Brett Favre.

Seattle Seahawks[]

Hasselbeck joined former head coach Mike Holmgren and the Seattle Seahawks on March 2, 2001. The Packers traded him, along with their first (17th overall) and seventh-round draft picks, to the Seahawks for their first (10th overall) and third-round draft picks.[8]

In his early years in Seattle he battled for playing time with Trent Dilfer.

However, after a strong finish in 2002, Hasselbeck entered 2003 as the unquestioned starter. Hasselbeck started all 16 games, leading Seattle to a 10-6 record for the first time since 1988 and a wildcard berth. He also was selected to the Pro Bowl.[9][10]

In 2004, Hasselbeck won the 2004 NFL Quarterback Challenge. He also led Seattle to their first NFC West title since realignment in 2002. The 2003 wild card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers went into overtime where, at the overtime coin toss, Hasselbeck infamously said "We want the ball, and we’re gonna score!" [11][12] During the second overtime possession for the Seahawks, Hasselbeck threw an interception to Packers defensive back Al Harris which was returned 52 yards for a touchdown. It gave Green Bay a 33-27 overtime victory.[12]

In 2005, Hasselbeck had one of his most productive career performances, earning the highest passer rating in the NFC,[13] and leading the Seahawks to the playoffs for the third consecutive year while clinching the NFC's top seed. He led his team to Super Bowl XL, which it lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was the starting quarterback for the NFC in the 2006 Pro Bowl. During this season linebacker Lofa Tatupu joined the Seahawks. Lofa's father Mosi had been a teammate of Hasselbeck's father Don during his time with the Patriots.

Hasselbeck led the Seahawks to a 4-1 record to start the 2006 season before being seriously injured on Week 7. Minnesota linebacker E.J. Henderson rolled into Hasselbeck's right leg. The result was a second degree MCL sprain, causing Hasselbeck to miss four games. Hasselbeck contended that Henderson could have avoided injuring him.[14] Upon returning he subsequently broke fingers on his non-throwing hand, but continued to lead his team to a 9–7 record and the divisional round of the post-season. The fourth-seeded Seahawks defeated the Dallas Cowboys 21-20 in the wild card round in Seattle, then lost to the top-seeded Chicago in overtime, 27–24.

In 2007, Hasselbeck led his team to its fourth consecutive division title [15][16] and fifth consecutive playoff appearance. He had 3,966 passing yards, 28 touchdowns (both career highs), 62.6% completion percentage, and a 91.4 quarterback rating.[9][10] He threw for 229 yards in a 35-14 NFC wild card victory over the Washington Redskins. The third-seeded Seahawks lost in the divisional round to the NFC's #2 seed Green Bay, losing 42–20 in the snow at Lambeau Field [17] despite an early 14–0 lead.

Hasselbeck set career highs in yards, attempts, and touchdown passes in the 2007 season and was elected to his third Pro Bowl.[9][10]

In 2008, Hasselbeck suffered from a back injury that affected a nerve in his lower back, creating a weakness in his leg that brought on a knee injury. Hasselbeck twisted his back awkwardly in the preseason opener on Aug. 8 at Minnesota and missed the rest of the preseason. His bulging disk was diagnosed and treated with injections and he opened the regular season as the starter, but he hurt his knee after a hit early in the Seahawks' loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 5. He also received a helmet-to-helmet hit vs. the Arizona Cardinals. These injuries caused Hasselbeck to miss most of the 2008 NFL season.

In the 2009 season opener, things did not start out well for Hasselbeck, who threw 2 picks in the 1st quarter. After that Hasselbeck dominated the rest of the way, completing 25 of 36 passes for 279 yards and 3 touchdowns in their 28–0 win over the St. Louis Rams. During Week 2 of the 2009 NFL season, Matt fractured his rib against the San Francisco 49ers and missed the next two games againest the Bears (Week 3) and the Colts (Week 4). During week 5, playing the Jaguars, Hasselbeck threw 4 touchdown passes in the Seahawks' 2nd shutout of the season, beating Jacksonville 41-0. In Week 6, Hasselbeck played his career worst, losing to the Arizona Cardinals with 27-3.

During the final week of the season, Hasselbeck won the Seahawks' prestigious "Steve Largent Award."[18]

In 2010, the season started off strong for Hasselbeck, leading his team to a 4-2 record and solid victories over the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers. But the degree of Hasselbeck's health would prove to be inconsistent, with injuries leading him to sit out crucial games later in the season, leading the Seahawks to lose 7 of their last 9. Nevertheless, Seattle would make the playoffs with their fifth NFC West division championship.

Despite missing time in the season, Hasselbeck was chosen to start in the Wild Card game against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.[19] Despite being massive 11 point underdogs and having the only losing regular season record in playoff history (7-9), Hasselbeck had one of the most memorable and clutch performances of his career. He threw for 272 yards, 4 touchdowns (a franchise and postseason record) with just 1 interception coming from a tipped ball, and a 113.03 quarterback rating, leading the Seahawks to victory over the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.[20] However, Seattle would go on to lose 35-24, in the divisional playoffs against the Chicago Bears. Hasselbeck still played well, however, with over 250 yards passing and three touchdowns.

At the conclusion of the season Pete Carroll announced re-signing Hasselbeck was the Seahawks "number one offseason priority",[21] with Hasselbeck emphasizing his desire to retire in Seattle. However, the two sides had trouble reaching an agreement as Hasselbeck reportedly turned down a one-year offer and eventually decided to begin courting offers from Tennessee and San Francisco.[22]

Hasselbeck was the last remaining Seahawk from the team's last season in the American Football Conference West Division.

Tennessee Titans[]

On July 29, 2011 Hasselbeck signed a 3-year, $21 million deal to play for the Tennessee Titans.[23] He was recruited by Mike Reinfeldt, the former Vice President of Football Administration for the Seahawks and current Titans GM, who was part of the team for four of Hasselbeck's five NFC West division championships and Super Bowl appearance. Hasselbeck was targeted by the Titans, who were looking for a veteran Quarterback to help lead the team to wins while also mentoring first-round draft pick Jake Locker. The Titans finished this year with a 9-7 record just barely missing the playoffs.

Seattle Seahawks franchise records[]

Hasselbeck owns several of the Seahawks' franchise records:

Regular season[]

  • Games Started at Quarterback - 131
  • Highest Passer Rating, Season (Min. 200 attempts) - 98.2 (2005)[24]
  • Most Pass Attempts, Season - 562 (2007)[24]
  • Most Pass Attempts, Game - 55 (at San Francisco, 12/1/02)
  • Most Pass Attempts, Career - 3,806 [25]
  • Most Pass Completions, Season - 352 (2007)[24]
  • Most Pass Completions, Game - 39 (vs Detroit, 11/08/09)
  • Most Pass Completions, Career - 2,572 [25]
  • Most Passing Yards, Season - 4,279 (2007)[24]
  • Most Passing Yards, Game - 449 (at San Diego, 12/29/02)
  • Most Passing Yards, Career - 29,579 [25]
  • Most 300+ Yard Passing Games, Career - 16[26]
  • Most 300+ Yard Passing Games, Season - 4 (2002 and 2003)[26]
  • Most 3,000 Passing Yard Seasons, Career - 8[24]
  • Most Consecutive Seasons, 3,000 Yards Passing - 4 (2002–05)
  • Highest Completion %, Career (Min. 200 attempts) - 60.2%[27]
  • Most Touchdown Passes, Game - 5 (tie w/5 other players)
  • Most Consecutive Attempts Without an Interception - 159 (2005)
  • Lowest Interception %, Career (Min. 200 attempts) - 2.7%[27]
  • Only Seahawks QB with 13 wins in a season (13-3 in 2005)[24]

Playoffs[]

  • Most Playoff Starts: 11
  • Most Touchdown Passes: 18
  • Most Interceptions: 9
  • Most Pass Attempts - 325[28]
  • Most Pass Completions - 189[28]
  • Most Pass Completions, Game - 27 (1/8/05 vs. Rams)[28]
  • Most Passing Yards - 2487[28]
  • Most Passing Yards, Game - 341 (1/8/05 vs. Rams)[28]
  • Most 300+ Yard Passing Games - 2[28]
  • Highest Passer Rating - 118.0 (1/22/06 vs. Panthers) [28]
  • Highest Completion % - 59.7%[28]
  • Highest YPA - 6.80[28]
  • Most Consecutive Games w/TD Pass - 10 (current)[28]
  • Most Consecutive Passes Without Interception - 109 (2004–05)
  • Most Touchdown passes in a single game - 4 (1/8/11 vs. Saints)

Regular season[]

Year Team G Att Com Pct Yards TD Int Rate
1998 PS Green Bay Packers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 Green Bay Packers 1 10 3 30.0 41 1 0 77.5
2000 Green Bay Packers 1 19 10 52.6 104 1 0 86.3
2001 Seattle Seahawks 12 321 176 54.8 2,023 7 8 70.9
2002 Seattle Seahawks 10 419 267 63.7 3,075 15 10 87.8
2003 Seattle Seahawks 16 513 313 61.0 3,841 26 15 88.8
2004 Seattle Seahawks 15 474 279 58.9 3,382 22 15 83.1
2005 Seattle Seahawks 16 449 294 65.5 3,459 24 9 98.2
2006 Seattle Seahawks 12 371 210 56.6 2,442 18 15 76.0
2007 Seattle Seahawks 16 562 352 62.6 3,966 28 12 91.4
2008 Seattle Seahawks 7 209 109 52.2 1,216 5 10 57.8
2009 Seattle Seahawks 14 488 293 60.0 3,029 17 17 75.1
2010 Seattle Seahawks 14 444 266 59.9 3,001 12 17 74.3
2011 Tennessee Titans 16 518 319 61.6 3,571 18 14 82.4
2012 Tennessee Titans 8 221 138 62.4 1,367 7 5 81.0
2013 Indianapolis Colts 3 12 7 58.3 130 0 1 61.1
2014 Indianapolis Colts 4 44 30 68.2 301 2 0 102.6
2015 Indianapolis Colts 8 256 100 60.9 1,690 9 5 84.0
Career Totals Combined Totals 207 5,330 3,222 60.5 36,638 212 153 82.4

Postseason stats (by year)[]

Year Team G Att Com Pct Yards TD Int
2003 Seattle Seahawks 1 45 25 55.6 305 0 1
2004 Seattle Seahawks 1 43 27 62.8 341 2 1
2005 Seattle Seahawks 3 103 62 60.2 707 4 1
2006 Seattle Seahawks 2 69 36 52.2 435 3 3
2007 Seattle Seahawks 2 65 39 60.0 423 2 2
2010 Seattle Seahawks 2 81 48 59.4 530 7 1
Career Totals Seattle Seahawks 11 406 237 59.7 2,745 18 9

References[]

  1. FOX sports on MSN. Fox Sports. Retrieved on 21 Jan 2010.
  2. http://www2.bc.edu/~huntp/profiles/alum_football.htmlM.
  3. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/news/2001/04/06/hasselbeck_trade Hasselbeck Expected To Be Traded In Offseason
  4. http://www.seattlehomesmag.com/Seattle-Homes-and-Lifestyles/September-2008/Home-Game Sarah/Matt Hasselbeck
  5. http://www.towndevelopmentinc.com/23496TownDev.pdf Hasselbeck's custom home
  6. http://www.nfl.com/draft/history/fulldraft?season=1998 - National Football League: NFL Draft History
  7. http://football.about.com/od/nfldrafthistory/a/1998draftresult_3.htm - NFL Draft History - 1998 NFL Draft Results - Rounds 5 and 6
  8. http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/15744/whitehurst-much-cheaper-than-hasselbeck - Whitehurst much cheaper than Hasselbeck - NFC West Blog - ESPN
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 http://www.seahawks.com/team/roster/Matt-Hasselbeck/fe26f620-daa8-40ee-b261-e60ce3493fb2 - Seattle Seahawks: Matt Hasselbeck
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=HASSEMAT01 - Matt Hasselbeck Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards - databaseFootball.com
  11. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=kjackson/051202 - ESPN.com: Page 2 : The suffering of a Seahawks fan
  12. 12.0 12.1 http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/seahawks/2008-01-06-hasselbeck_N.htm - He's taking the ball ... and heading back to Green Bay - USATODAY.com
  13. http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/player/_/stat/passing/sort/quarterbackRating/year/2005/league/nfc - 2005 NFL Player Passing Stats - National Football League - ESPN
  14. "News on injury "really good today," Hasselbeck says", The Seattle Times, October 23, 2006. 
  15. http://www.athlonsports.com/pro-football/19510/nfl-2010-nfc-west-wrap-up - v
  16. http://espn.go.com/blog/sportscenter/post/_/id/20129/seattle-seahawks-coaching-vacancy-is-open-to-anybody-with-the-right-resume - Seattle Seahawk's Coaching Vacancy Is Open To Anybody ... With The Right Resume - SportsCenter.com
  17. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/sports/football/13greenbay.html - In Swirling Snow, Packers Leave Mark - New York Times
  18. http://www.seahawks.com/news/articles/article-1/Trophy-QB/bd29e7f1-bf88-49a3-973a-629c76d7ac80
  19. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2010/news/story?id=5995876
  20. Branch, John. "Hasselbeck Helps Seahawks Upset Saints", The New York Times, January 8, 2011. 
  21. Template error: argument title is required. 
  22. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/6804275/matt-hasselbeck-unlikely-return-seattle-seahawks-source-says
  23. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/6807554/tennessee-titans-reach-deal-matt-hasselbeck-source-says
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 "Seattle Seahawks Single-season Passing Register", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/sea/career-passing.htm
  26. 26.0 26.1 "Matt Hasselbeck Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  27. 27.0 27.1 "Seattle Seahawks Career Passing Register", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 28.5 28.6 28.7 28.8 28.9 "Matt Hasselbeck Gamelogs", Pro-Football-Reference.com

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