Former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is an analyst for ESPN, having joined the company in March 2016 on the same day he announced his retirement from pro football after 18 NFL seasons.
Hasselbeck appears on ESPN’s signature Sunday morning pregame show, Sunday NFL Countdown, and he contributes to Pro Bowl and Super Bowl coverage. He has also served as an analyst on SportsCenter, ESPN Radio and NFL Live – at times alongside his younger brother Tim, also a former NFL quarterback, who has been an ESPN analyst since 2008. The Hasselbeck brothers have teamed up in the booth as well for Thursday night college football, beginning in 2017.
Earlier in his ESPN career, Hasselbeck was a member of the Monday Night Countdown crew (2016-2018), and he called ESPN’s Thursday night college football slate with Pat McAfee, Adam Amin, and Molly McGrath (2019). He also served as game analyst for the NFL Pro Bowl telecast in 2018.
A three-time Pro Bowler, Hasselbeck played for the Green Bay Packers (1998-2000), Seattle Seahawks (2001-10), Tennessee Titans (2011-12) and Indianapolis Colts (2013-15) during a career that spanned nearly two decades. He threw for 36,638 yards and 212 touchdowns. In 2021, the Seahawks inducted him into their Ring of Honor.
A sixth round pick of the Packers in the 1998 NFL Draft, Hasselbeck started his career in Green Bay as the backup to Hall of Famer Brett Favre. He was traded to Seattle in 2001 where he led the Seahawks to six playoff appearances and a Super Bowl during his 10 seasons in the Pacific Northwest. He was voted to the Pro Bowl three times while in Seattle.
In addition to leading the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL in 2005, one of Hasselbeck’s finest performances for Seattle was in his final home game when he passed for four touchdowns in a playoff upset of the defending world champion New Orleans Saints. In all, Hasselbeck’s 11 postseason starts at quarterback ranked 16th all-time in NFL history and he still holds many Seahawks franchise records.
After two years in Nashville with the Titans, Hasselbeck ranked 21st all-time in NFL passing yards and 30th all-time in touchdown passes. Hasselbeck later joined the Colts in 2013 as backup and mentor to first-round pick Andrew Luck. When Luck was injured in 2015, Hasselbeck led the Colts to a 5-3 record. He won his first four starts, joining Warren Moon and Favre as the only quarterbacks to win four consecutive starts after their 40th birthday in the Super Bowl era. At the end of the 2015 season, he made the decision to retire and join ESPN.
While an active NFL player, Hasselbeck worked as a broadcasting booth analyst for Fox on a Rams-Cardinals telecast with Chris Myers and Ronde Barber in 2014. Active on social media, Hasselbeck is believed to be the first NFL player to join Twitter.
Hasselbeck worked with the NFL on behalf of NFL players throughout his career, specifically in the areas of health and safety. Hasselbeck served as Vice President of the NFLPA Executive Committee (2012-18). He was active in the NFLPA’s Mackey-White Committee, which aims to use data and technology to make football safer for players past, present, and future.
Hasselbeck has leadership roles in several charitable efforts, including Charity: Water, a non-profit that provides clean drinking water; Medical Teams International, a non-profit that aids those affected by disaster and poverty; Danita’s Children, a non-profit that cares for orphaned and impoverished children; and International Justice Mission, a human rights organization focused on the abolition of slavery.
Hasselbeck grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and attended Xaverian Brothers High School where he currently serves as an assistant football coach. His son, Henry, is the quarterback of the football team and lacrosse player at the school. Hasselbeck earned a degree in Marketing at Boston College, where he later returned to teach Sports Media and Sports Business classes (2019-2022). The Eagles starting quarterback for the 1996 and 1997 seasons, he was inducted into the Boston College Hall of Fame in 2018. Hasselbeck’s wife is also a member of the Boston College Hall of Fame for her time on the College’s field hockey team. His two daughters play on the Boston College women’s lacrosse team; his oldest winning the National Championship as a Freshman.
Hasselbeck is a second-generation NFL player. His father, Don, played tight end for nine NFL seasons. Drafted out of Colorado in the second round to the New England Patriots, Hasselbeck also played for the Los Angeles Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Giants. Don Hasselbeck won Super Bowl XVIII with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1984.