Don Hasselbeck

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Don Hasselbeck
Date of birth: (1955-04-01) April 1, 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Career information
Position(s): Tight end
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Organizations
As player:
1977–1983
1983
1984
1985
New England Patriots
Los Angeles Raiders
Minnesota Vikings
New York Giants
Career stats
Playing stats at NFL.com

Donald William "Don" Hasselbeck (born April 1, 1955) is a former professional football player, a tight end in the National Football League for the New England Patriots, Los Angeles Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, and the New York Giants.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hasselbeck attended La Salle High School, where he was an all-city selection in both football and basketball.[1] He played college football at Colorado, where he majored in Fine Arts. He is currently ranked thirty-sixth on the all-time receptions list at CU.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Hasselbeck was selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 1977 NFL Draft, where he played for the first six seasons of his nine-year career. He was traded to the Los Angeles Raiders early in the 1983 season; in Super Bowl XVIII, Hasselbeck blocked an extra point attempt by Washington. He then played for the Minnesota Vikings in 1984 and the New York Giants in 1985 before retiring; he scored the final touchdown of the Giants' season in a 17-3 NFC Wild Card victory over the defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers.

Family[edit]

Hasselbeck is married to Mary Beth "Betsy" (Rueve) Hasselbeck.[3] He is the father of former Pro Bowl NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, formerly the starter for the Seattle Seahawks, now with the Indianapolis Colts. Matt played on the Seattle Seahawks with Lofa Tatupu, who himself was the son of Don's teammate Mosi Tatupu.[4]

Hasselbeck's second son Tim Hasselbeck was an NFL backup quarterback who currently works for ESPN as a Fantasy Football analyst and is married to Elisabeth Hasselbeck. His third son, Nathanael Nicolas (born 1981), played football at Boston College and the University of Massachusetts as a defensive back.[5]

Don is the son of John William Hasselbeck and Molly M. (Lang) Hasselbeck.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2004 Cincinnati High School Sports Hall of Fame Inductees". Retrieved 2007-05-24. 
  2. ^ "Don Hasselbeck Official New England Patriots Biography". Retrieved 2007-05-24. 
  3. ^ Cincinnati Magazine. Emmis Communications. p. 33. ISSN 0746-8210. Retrieved 2014-12-11. 
  4. ^ "Super Bowl Dream Passes From the Father to the Son". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-12-11. 
  5. ^ "Nathanael Hasselbeck Bio - University of Massachusetts Official Athletic Site". umassathletics.cstv.com. Retrieved 2014-12-11. 

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