Former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is an analyst for ESPN. He joined the company in March 2016 on the same day he announced his retirement from pro football after 18 NFL seasons.
During the fall, Hasselbeck appears on Sundays from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios, and travels to the site of the weekly Monday Night Football game for the Monday Night Countdown pregame show. Hasselbeck also makes regular appearances on NFL Live alongside his younger brother Tim, also a former NFL quarterback, who has been an ESPN studio analyst since 2008.
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, completing 60 percent of his passes with 212 touchdowns.
A sixth round pick of the Packers in the 1998 NFL Draft, Hasselbeck started his career in Green Bay as the back-up 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. Hasselbeck’s best year was 2007 when he set career highs in multiple categories, including passing yards (3,966) and touchdowns (28), leading Seattle to the Divisional Playoffs and being elected to his third Pro Bowl.
In addition to leading the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL in 2005, one of Hasselbeck’s finest performances for Seattle was his final game at Qwest Field when he passed for four touchdowns and 272 yards in a playoff upset of the defending world champion New Orleans Saints, who were heavily favored. In all, Hasselbeck’s 11 postseason starts at quarterback rank 16th all-time in NFL history and he still holds many Seahawks franchise records.
After two years with the Titans, Hasselbeck joined the Colts in 2013 as back-up and mentor to first-round pick Andrew Luck. When Luck suffered a series of injuries 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.
As an active player, Hasselbeck got a taste of broadcasting as a guest analyst for Fox on a Rams-Cardinals telecast with Chris Myers and Ronde Barber in 2014. He has also served as guest host of The Rich Eisen Show. Active on social media, Hasselbeck was one of the first professional athletes to join Twitter in 2008.
Hasselbeck worked on behalf of NFL players throughout his career, specifically in the area of health and safety. First elected as a player rep in 2008, Hasselbeck now serves as Vice President of the NFLPA Executive Committee, and he remains active in the NFLPA’s Mackey-White Committee, which focuses on technology and the overall health and well-being of players.
Hasselbeck is also involved in many charitable and philanthropic efforts, including Charity: Water, a non-profit that provides clean and safe drinking water; Medical Teams International, a non-profit that helps those affected by disaster and poverty; 147 Million Orphans, a group meeting the critical needs of children impacted by the orphan crisis; Danita’s Children, a non-profit that rescues and cares for orphaned and impoverished children; and the International Justice Mission, a human rights organization focused on the abolition of slavery.
Hasselbeck grew up in Boston, Mass., and attended Xaverian Brothers High School as well as Boston College where he earned a degree in marketing. He was the Eagles starting quarterback for the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Hasselbeck is a second generation NFL player. He father, Don, played tight end for nine NFL seasons, most notably for the Patriots and also for the Los Angeles Raiders, Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants.