Bears wanted Hasselbeck in 1998, as their starter

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The official player page at NFL.com shows that Titans quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck joined the NFL in 1999.  During Tuesday’s visit to PFT Live, Hasselbeck said that he actually entered the NFL in 1998, spending the season on the Packers’ practice squad.

And, indeed, Hasselbeck was a sixth-round pick that year.  As a member of the practice squad, he could have signed a contract with any other team, at any time.

He said that, with two games against the Packers coming up, the Bears wanted to sign him, not just to be on the roster but to start.

We’ll defer to Hasselbeck for the full story.

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20 responses to “Bears wanted Hasselbeck in 1998, as their starter

  1. What a great interview. It’s becoming clear already that the Seahawks were holding Hasselbeck back lately, and not the other way around.

    The Seahawks look lost without him, and I have to think Kenny Britt is glad he’s in Tennessee so far.

  2. Why wouldn’t the 1998 Bears have wanted a Packers practice squad player starting at QB for them?

    I mean….having their own practice squad QBs starting real games didn’t work for them for the previous 10 years (Or really the following 10 years either)…..

    Seriously. They had a guy named Peter Tom Willis start 3 games for them. Look it up.

  3. I am a Seahawk fan and I love Matt Hasselbeck. But I find this story a little fishy. You’re a late round draft pick on a practice squad and another team wants to sign you to their 53 man roster…let alone to start. And you turn that down to stay on the practice squad? That seems unlikely considering the goal of any practice squad player is to just get a chance to play and prove yourself. I don’t believe anyone would turn down that opportunity on the hope that they’d get a shot the next season.

  4. The bears have been unstable sense angelo has been there. really he can pick up defensive players sure but how many of his first round picks are still with the team? and how long can an o-line be that bad?

  5. Amazing how people didn’t know Hasselbeck was in GB. That’s all they used to talk about when Hasselbeck played Favre and the Packers: how he used to hold the clipboard for Favre in GB under Holmgren.

    They had a story about how Hasselbeck once put live worms in Favre’s chewing tobacco.

  6. Only reason why I could see it, is because he knew that it was only for 4 games and that 2 of the 4 games were against the Packers, and hes allready been practicing against the Packers all year so it does sorta make sense as to why both the Bears would go after him and why he would turn it down, knowing that he will be cutt next year most likly cause the bears other 3 were hurt and that the Packers developed QBs better in the long run.

  7. You’re a late round draft pick on a practice squad and another team wants to sign you to their 53 man roster…let alone to start. And you turn that down to stay on the practice squad?

    Unusual, but not completely unheard of. There were even stories of a few guys getting a full rookie salary as a PS player (under the old CBA) so they would have less incentive financially to jump to another team’s active roster.

    Hasselbeck has spoken in other interviews about how much the Packers invested in QBs, and how they would usually have more QBs in camp than other teams even when they already had their established starter.

    Not that hard to believe maybe he would choose remaining on the PS for a more stable playoff-caliber team known for developing QBs rather than get thrown into the starting lineup on a bad team you don’t know, with a coaching staff that is probably going to be fired a month later.

  8. Hasselbecks career would never have taken off in Chicago (cant u tell – they try to get their QBs killed). Holmgren got H/becks wings flappin…

  9. It was the Bears own fault. And the Bears were so bad in 1998 that nobody wanted to play in Chicago. The Pack were on such a hot streak everyone wanted to be there. Holmgren & Ron Wolf really turned the Pack around (Favre had absolutly nothing to do with it) with 2 straight Super Bowl appearances & who know what would have happened if the officials didn’t mess up the Jerry Rice fumble call.

  10. pack13queens0 says:
    Sep 21, 2011 6:31 PM
    It was the Bears own fault. And the Bears were so bad in 1998 that nobody wanted to play in Chicago. The Pack were on such a hot streak everyone wanted to be there. Holmgren & Ron Wolf really turned the Pack around (Favre had absolutly nothing to do with it) with 2 straight Super Bowl appearances & who know what would have happened if the officials didn’t mess up the Jerry Rice fumble call.

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    If I’m the Packer fan base- I’d rather take a plane ride to Haiti for a blood transfusion than claim this idiot as a fellow fan.
    So many lies, fallacies and half truths in his post- what a flippin moron.

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