Matt Hasselbeck is one of the most recognizable names at the quarterback position in the NFL and just as Peyton Manning’s legacy is coming to an end, so is Hasselbeck’s. After 17 seasons in the NFL, the journeyman quarterback has announced his retirement.
The report came out late Tuesday night that he would be announcing his retirement and Hasselbeck confirmed it Wednesday morning. However, fans shouldn’t be too upset as it looks like he will be taking a job with ESPN as part of the Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown crews.
“As a kid, playing in the NFL was always my dream and it turned out to be way more fun than I could’ve ever imagined,” Matt Hasselbeck said in a statement. “Throughout 18 incredible seasons, I had the chance to forge many relationships with teammates, coaches and staff that I will cherish forever. Those relationships made my playing career all the more memorable. With the support of my family, we’ve made the decision to embark on the next chapter. I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to have represented the NFL and so many great teams.”
10 of his 17 seasons in the NFL were spent with the Seattle Seahawks, where he took the team to their first NFC Championship in 2006. The team fell, 21-17, to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL.
Hasselbeck has racked up over 36,000 and 212 touchdowns in his career. He is 22nd on the all-time passing yards list and his touchdowns just surpasses Steeler great Terry Bradshaw.
Hasselbeck has had a long and illustrious career in the NFL, one that has seen him play for four different teams, including the Green Bay Packers who drafted him in the sixth round of the 1999 NFL Draft.
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