Matt Hasselbeck Biography
Birthdate: September 25, 1975
Birthplace: Boulder, Colorado
This quarterback is leading his Seahawks into contention. Meet one of the biggest gems in the emerald city!
Matt Hasselbeck - In the ShadowsMatt Hasselbeck was born to play the game of football. His father Don Hasselbeck was a tight end for the New England Patriots. He was a standout athlete at Xaverian Brothers High School, where he was an All American. Both he and his younger brother, Tim, went on to play at Boston College. During his four years with the Eagles, Matt finished with 4,548 passing yards and threw for 22 touchdowns. In the 1998 Draft, Matt was selected in the sixth round by the Green Bay Packers.
Matt Hasselbeck - NFL CareerMatt Hasselbeck's rise to stardom did not come easy. He spent the entire 1998 season on the Packers' practice squad. After hard work and an impressive preseason showing, Matt became Brett Favre's backup that next season. Matt was traded to the Seattle Seahawks before the 2001 season. Although he started backing up Seahawks' quarterback Trent Dilfer, he became the full time starter in 2002. The next season he led Seattle to a perfect home record and threw for a franchise record 3,841 passing yards. His best season came in 2005 where Matt had the highest pass rating in the NFC at 98.2. That year, Matt led the Seahawks to their first ever Super Bowl where they lost to the Steelers.
Matt Hasselbeck - Tough as NailsMatt Hasselbeck is one of the toughest and most competitive players in the league. Being drafted late, Matt had to earn his way to the top through hard work. Even when he is hurt, Matt finds ways to play and return from his injuries as fast as possible. In the 2006 season, he led the Seahawks to the postseason despite having broken fingers and a serious leg injury.
Matt Hasselbeck - Did U Know?
Matt Hasselbeck Says..."I just try to be a great teammate. I try to be someone who keeps it light. We're all at work, but I try to make it feel like we're not at work. I try to make it so it's fun, so we can't believe we get paid to do this. Whether it's double sessions or training camp or padded practice and you're a lineman and you've had a tough day going against a fellow 300-pound guy all day. I just try to distract you, make it fun for guys. It's just my style."