NFL Pro Bowl QB, Analyst on ESPN and Former VP of the NFLPA Executive Comittee
Former NFL Pro Bowl 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. He also contributes to Pro Bowl and Super Bowl coverage and has served as an analyst on SportsCenter, GetUp, 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. Earlier in his ESPN career, Hasselbeck was a member of the Monday Night Countdown crew (2016-2018) and called college football games on Thursday nights (2017-19). He also served as the 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 nearly 40,000 yards in his career, putting him 22nd all-time for passing yards in NFL History. In 2021, the Seahawks inducted Hasselbeck into their Ring of Honor, a couple of years after being inducted into the Pacific Northwest Hall of Fame.
A sixth-round pick of the Packers in the 1998 NFL Draft, Hasselbeck started his career with the Green Bay Packers. 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.
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 in a playoff upset of the defending world champion New Orleans Saints. 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 backup and mentor to first-round pick Andrew Luck. When Luck suffered a series of injuries in 2015, Hasselbeck won his first four starts, joining Warren Moon and Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks to win four consecutive starts after their 40th birthday. At the end of the 2015 season, he made the decision to retire.
Hasselbeck worked on behalf of NFL players throughout his career, specifically in health and safety. Hasselbeck served as Vice President of the NFLPA Executive Committee (2012-18). He was also active in the NFLPA’s Mackey-White Committee, which focuses on the overall health and well-being of players.
Hasselbeck is involved in many charitable efforts, including Charity: Water, a non-profit providing clean drinking water; Medical Teams International, a non-profit helping those affected by disaster and poverty; Danita’s Children Hope for Haiti, a school, home, and hospital that cares for orphaned and impoverished children; and International Justice Mission, a human rights organization focused on the abolition of human trafficking.
Hasselbeck grew up in Boston, Mass., and attended Xaverian Brothers High School as well as Boston College where he earned a degree in marketing, and later returned to teach as an adjunct professor. The Eagles QB was inducted into the Boston College Hall of Fame in 2018. Hasselbeck’s wife, Sarah, is also a BC Hall of Famer, after an All-American field hockey career. The Hasselbecks have 3 children: Annabelle, Mallory, and Henry. Annabelle won the NCAA National Championship in lacrosse at Boston College in 2021, before being joined at BC by her sister Mallory. The youngest child, Henry, is a standout junior quarterback at Hasselbeck’s alma mater Xaverian Brothers High School and recently committed to playing lacrosse at the University of Maryland.
Hasselbeck is a second-generation NFL player. His father, Don, played tight end for nine NFL seasons, most notably for the Patriots and for the Los Angeles Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Giants after an All-American career at the University of Colorado.