Matt Hasselbeck announces retirement, ESPN job

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On Tuesday night, there was a report that Matt Hasselbeck would draw the curtain on his NFL career and follow in the footsteps of many others by trading in his NFL job for one covering the NFL for ESPN.

Hasselbeck confirmed it on Wednesday. In a statement released by his new employers, Hasselbeck announced that his playing days are done and that he will now be part of the Sunday NFL Countdown andMonday Night Countdown teams.

“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,” Hasselbeck said. “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.”

Hasselbeck spent the majority of his career as the starter for the Seahawks and took them to the first Super Bowl appearance in team history in 2005. He threw for 36,638 yards in his career, good for 22nd in league in history, and his 212 touchdown passes leave him in a tie with Terry Bradshaw at No. 31 all-time.

31 responses to “Matt Hasselbeck announces retirement, ESPN job

  1. He wants the job, and he’s gonna score!

    (Just kidding, Matt – thanks for all your help in Indy.)

  2. I remember seeing him really early in his career, he got pounded by the Eagles, but no matter how many shots he took, he kept his eyes downfield, never looked at the rush.

    I knew then he was a good one. Best in his retirement.

  3. Matt is definitely one of the good ones. Perhaps my all time favorite player to watch. It was a joy having him as a Seahawk.

  4. He was a big part of the reason Seattle is where it is today. He lead that team to a conference title and a superbowl appearance. It gave Seattle a taste of winning and the hope that they could build something good.

    I will never forget him running, untouched, into the endzone yet somehow pulling his ass muscle in the process. Classic.

  5. Did anyone hear “Mike and Mike” this morning? Mike Greenberg was unaware of the report and was surprised that Adam Schefter said that Hasselbeck was done playing football. In fact, he asked a second time and Schefter coyly said, “He’s done playing football.”

    Schefter, to his credit, said nothing more, instead of saying, “Hey, Mike, did you know there’s a report he’s coming to ESPN?”

  6. way to f it up texans…should have paid Hasselbeck for a year, traded up to get a prospect, and gone…

    Now, you’re going to overpay for a sub-par QB in osweiler…

  7. Man I loved watching this dude play, I always had a thought that this was one of the few guys in the NFL that if you had actually meant him would not have a gigantic ego and would be a cool guy to have over for a BBQ, throw the old pigskin around and put a couple cold ones down, who knows but he always came across as just a regular dude who knew how fortunate he was to play football for a living. He even looked like a real dude, went bald in his 20’s and just went with it, had a pretty significant beer belly throughout his career and his guns looked about as impressive as your average dentist. But every Seattle fan knew if we had any sort of cohesion with the offensive line Hasselbeck would pick defenses apart with the best of them, he had a nice run of dominating the NFC west for a while, and unfortunately at the end of his run with Seattle we had the sorriest O-line in the league but his ability was never more evident than the 7-9 playoff year, we had like 22 (or something like that) different o-line configurations and going into the game against New Orleans was the first time of the year the same o-line had played 2 weeks in a row and you saw it again, he had a little time and threw 4 TD’s and came through with one of the biggest upset games ever. He made guys like Bobby Ingram and Darryl Jackson and Jeremy Stevens look like world beaters, Thanks Dude you were probably my favorite player to watch ever.

  8. This was a smart move. MH gave it his all the last few years, but he took one hell of a beating for his efforts. Glad to see this great player walk away from the game, instead of being forced out by a horrible injury.

  9. techvet says:
    Mar 9, 2016 10:55 AM
    Did anyone hear “Mike and Mike” this morning? Mike Greenberg was unaware of the report and was surprised that Adam Schefter said that Hasselbeck was done playing football. In fact, he asked a second time and Schefter coyly said, “He’s done playing football.”

    Schefter, to his credit, said nothing more, instead of saying, “Hey, Mike, did you know there’s a report he’s coming to ESPN?”

    =========

    That’s not surprising. Greenberg appears to put in the same amount of effort preparing for his show that Manziel has put into quitting drinking.

  10. Thanks for the wonderful memories. I remember where I was when he made his infamous quote. I think he has the charisma and sense of humor to do very well at ESPN.

  11. I’ve always thought Matt would end up talking football on TV. People outside of Seattle and Indianapolis might not realize it, but he’s very funny, with a quick wit. I’m sure he’ll be a big hit. Poor Tim is going to end up being second best again.

  12. Always liked Matt, sorry to see where his retirement from football is taking him.

  13. I hope Matt adds a lot to the Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown. As they were last season, I could get in my car, go get a six pack and chips, and get back in my chair without missing anything. Even if I hit every traffic light and filled up while I was at it.

  14. Loved Matt during his time here in Seattle! Great player and great personality to go along with it. Solid all around individual!

    He’s gonna be a breath of fresh air on ESPN. Star in the making, mark my words!

  15. Matt Hasselbeck is 1000 times greater than Trent Dilfer at football and Hasselbeck will outshine Dilfer at commentary as well. Watching Dilfer try to tell Steve Young about football is laughable.

  16. Less than a week after calling President Barack Obama “the worst president we’ve ever had,” Mike Ditka lost his job on ESPN’s marquee Sunday football program.

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