Matt Hasselbeck

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Matt Hasselbeck
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Hasselbeck with the Colts in 2014.
No. 8     Indianapolis Colts
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-09-25) September 25, 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth: Boulder, Colorado
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Westwood (MA) Xaverian Brothers
College: Boston College
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 6 / Pick: 187
Debuted in 1999 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2014
Pass attempts 5,034
Pass completions 3,038
Percentage 60.4
TDINT 201–148
Passing yards 34,667
QB Rating 82.1
Stats at

Matthew Michael "Matt" Hasselbeck (born September 25, 1975)[1] is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL).[2] He was drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. After a season on the practice squad and two seasons backing up Brett Favre, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2001. Hasselbeck gained the starting role in 2003, and led Seattle to six playoff appearances and a Super Bowl appearance; he was selected to three Pro Bowls and an All-Pro selection.

Following ten seasons with the Seahawks, Hasselbeck joined the Tennessee Titans in 2011. Hasselbeck then signed a contract with the Indianapolis Colts in 2013 less than 24 hours after being released by the Tennessee Titans.

Early life[edit]

Hasselbeck is the son of Mary Beth "Betsy" (Rueve) and Don Hasselbeck, a former New England Patriots tight end.[3] He was born in Boulder, Colorado, where his father played college football for Colorado. Matt and younger brothers Tim and Nathanael grew up in Norfolk, Massachusetts, and attended Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood. He was selected as an honorable mention All-American by USA Today as a high school senior.

Matt Hasselbeck attended 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 starting quarterback (a position his brother Tim would later hold with the Eagles). He graduated with a degree in marketing.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Hasselbeck married his college sweetheart, Sarah Egnaczyk, on June 17, 2000.[5] 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 Mallory (2003), and a son, Henry (2005).[6][7]

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

Professional career[edit]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Hasselbeck was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round (187th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft.[8][9] He joined the team's practice squad in 1998 and acted as a backup for the starting quarterback Brett Favre.

Hasselbeck passing against the Chicago Bears in November 2007.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

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.[10]

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.[11][12] The 2003 wild card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers went into overtime where, at the overtime coin toss, Hasselbeck famously said "We want the ball, and we're gonna score!" [13][14] During the second overtime possession for the Seahawks, Hasselbeck threw an interception to Packers defensive back Al Harris which was returned 52 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. It gave Green Bay a 33–27 overtime victory.[14]

In 2004, Hasselbeck won the 2004 NFL Quarterback Challenge. He also led Seattle to their first NFC West title since realignment in 2002.

In 2005, Hasselbeck had one of his most productive career performances, earning the highest passer rating in the NFC,[15] and leading the Seahawks to the playoffs for the third consecutive year while clinching the NFC's top seed. He led the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL, in which they 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.[16] 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 Bears in overtime, 27–24.

In 2007, Hasselbeck led his team to its fourth consecutive division title[17][18] 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.[11][12] 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 No. 2 seed Green Bay, losing 42–20 in the snow at Lambeau Field [19] 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.[11][12]

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 August 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 October 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 two interceptions in the first quarter. After that Hasselbeck dominated the rest of the way, completing 25 of 36 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns in their 28–0 win over the St. Louis Rams. During Week 2 of the 2009 NFL season, Hasselbeck 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 four touchdown passes in the Seahawks' second shutout of the season, beating Jacksonville 41–0. In Week 6, Hasselbeck played his career worst,[citation needed] losing to the Arizona Cardinals with 27–3.

During the final week of the season, Hasselbeck won the Seahawks' "Steve Largent Award."[20]

In 2010, the season started off strong for Hasselbeck, leading his team to a 4–2 record and 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 seven of their last nine. Nevertheless, Seattle would make the playoffs with their fifth NFC West division championship.

Hasselbeck was 45-19 at Seattle's Qwest Field.

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.[21] Despite being 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, four touchdowns (a franchise and postseason record) with one 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.[22] 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.

Playoff career[edit]

Hasselbeck’s 11 postseason starts as a quarterback rank 16th all-time in NFL history,[23] leading the Seahawks to five postseasons in a row under Mike Holmgren at one point. He was involved in multiple memorable, even historic, NFL playoff moments – both as the hero and the goat.

In 2003, his first playoff appearance, Hasselbeck pronounced, "we want the ball and we're going to score" at the coin flip of overtime with Green Bay.[24] Hasselbeck was intercepted by Al Harris in overtime, who returned the pass for a game-winning touchdown. After that season, Hasselbeck would go on to lead Seattle to six playoff appearances in eight years.

In 2005, Hasselbeck led Seattle to Super Bowl XL, where they lost to Pittsburgh in a game remembered for its poor officiating.[25] The NFL Network called it one of the 10 most controversial games in NFL History. Head referee Bill Leavy later apologized to Hasselbeck at a Seahawks offseason practice in 2010, publicly saying he would "go to his grave for kicking several calls in the fourth quarter that affected the outcome of the game."[26] Hasselbeck had two touchdown drives called back on penalties, which Leavy acknowledged were errors.

In 2006, Hasselbeck rallied Seattle in the fourth quarter and threw the game-winning touchdown at Qwest Field to beat Dallas Cowboys 21–20, but that occurred before Tony Romo's infamous dropped snap.[27]

In 2010, Hasselbeck led Seattle to a surprising playoff upset when he passed for four touchdowns and 272 yards to beat the New Orleans Saints, who were the defending NFL champions and 11-point favorites.[28] The game was called "Hasselbeck's finest hour" by ESPN, and turned out to be his final game at Qwest Field in Seattle leading Seattle to a 41–36 upset of the New Orleans Saints.[29]

Ad that ran in The Seattle Times the day after Hasselbeck's departure.

Departure from Seattle[edit]

Hasselbeck's departure from the Seahawks was largely a surprise, given his status with the Seattle fan base. At the conclusion of the 2010 season Pete Carroll announced re-signing Hasselbeck was the Seahawks "number one offseason priority",[30] 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 before the NFL lockout began, asking for two years.[31] When Hasselbeck was rumored to be "Plan A" for the Tennessee Titans and rumors surfaced the Seahawks were pursuing Tarvaris Jackson instead of Hasselbeck, Seattle fans began a web and social media campaign at the end of the NFL lockout in 2011 to "Bring Back Matt", with a website[32] Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider called Hasselbeck after the lockout to let them know they were "moving on." Hasselbeck described the call as "worse than breaking up with an old girlfriend." The Seahawks took out a full-page ad in The Seattle Times the following day to salute Hasselbeck and his family for their work.[33]

Hasselbeck was the last remaining Seahawk from the team's last season in the AFC West Division in 2001.[citation needed]

Hasselbeck with U.S. soldiers in November 2011.

Tennessee Titans[edit]

On July 29, 2011, Hasselbeck signed a three-year, $21 million deal to play for the Tennessee Titans.[34] He was recruited by Mike Reinfeldt, the former vice president of football administration for the Seahawks and current executive vice president and the chief operating officer for the Titans, 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 2011 with a 9–7 record, narrowly missing out on the final playoff berth due to losing to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9.

Hasselbeck's first action in the 2012 season came in Week 4 against the Houston Texans after Locker left early in the game with a shoulder injury. Hasselbeck started the next 4 weeks while Locker healed, finishing 2-2 in those starts; his victories were at home against Pittsburgh (the first Titans win over Pittsburgh since 2008) and at Buffalo, winning on a last-minute touchdown to Nate Washington. The Titans went 6-10 on the season.

On November 9, 2012, Hasselbeck was fined $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle against the Chicago Bears in Week 9. Hasselbeck later appealed the penalty.[35]

On March 18, 2013, Hasselbeck was released by the Titans.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On March 19, 2013, the Indianapolis Colts signed Hasselbeck to a two-year deal worth up to $7.25M. He beat Chandler Harnish to win the backup job for the 2013 season.[2]

Seattle Seahawks franchise records[edit]

Hasselbeck owns many Seahawks franchise records and milestones:

Regular season[edit]

  • Games started at quarterback – 131
  • Most pass attempts, season – 562 (2007)[36]
  • Most pass attempts, game – 55 (at San Francisco, 12/1/02)
  • Most pass attempts, career – 4,250 [37]
  • Most pass completions, season – 352 (2007)[36]
  • Most pass completions, game – 39 (vs Detroit, 11/08/09)
  • Most pass completions, career – 2,559 [37]
  • Most passing yards, season – 3,966 (2007)[36]
  • Most passing yards, game – 449 (at San Diego, 12/29/02)
  • Most passing yards, career – 29,434 [37]
  • Most 300+ yard passing games, career – 19[38]
  • Most 300+ yard passing games, season – 4 (2002 and 2003)[38]
  • Most 3,000 passing yard seasons, career – 7[36]
  • Most consecutive seasons, 3,000 yards passing – 4 (2002–05)
  • Highest completion percentage, career (min. 200 attempts) – 60.2%[39]
  • Highest completion percentage, season (min. 400 attempts) – 65.5% (2005)
  • Most touchdown passes, game – 5 (tie with five other players)
  • Most consecutive attempts without an interception – 159 (2005)
  • Lowest interception percentage, career (min. 200 attempts) – 3.0%[39]
  • Most 4th quarter comeback wins in a single season - 4 (2006) (tied with Russell Wilson and Dave Krieg)
  • Most game winning drives in a single season - 5 (2006) (tied with Russell Wilson and Dave Krieg)
  • Only Seahawks quarterback other than Russell Wilson with 13 wins in a season (13–3 in 2005)[36]


  • Most playoff starts – 11
  • Most touchdown passes – 18
  • Most interceptions – 9
  • Most pass attempts – 406[40]
  • Most pass completions – 237[40]
  • Most pass completions, game – 27 (January 8, 2005 vs. Rams)[40]
  • Most passing yards – 2741[40]
  • Most 300+ yard passing games – 2[40]
  • Highest passer rating – 118.0 (January 22, 2006 vs. Panthers) [40]
  • Highest completion percentage – 58.4%[40]
  • Highest YPA (With 100 Attempts) – 6.75[40]
  • Most consecutive games with a touchdown pass – 10 [40]
  • Most consecutive passes without an interception – 109 (2004–05)
  • Most touchdown passes in a single game – 4 (1/8/11 vs. Saints)

Regular season[edit]

Year Team G Att Com Pct Yards TD Int Rating
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 5 221 138 62.4 1,367 7 5 81.0
2013 Indianapolis Colts 3 12 7 58.3 130 0 1 61.1
Career Totals 158 5,030 3,036 60.4 34,647 201 148 82.1

Postseason stats[edit]

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 11 406 237 59.7 2,745 18 9


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