Matthew Michael Hasselbeck is the starting quarterback for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. Matt, as he is fondly known as, played his college football at Boston College, was taken by the Green Bay Packers, the 184rth pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft 1998 . He played with the Packers from 1998-2000. He was traded to Seattle Seahawks in 2001.
In his first NFL season, Hasselbeck was assigned to the Packers’ practice squad. The next two years, he served as Brett Favre’s backup. He went to the Seattle when Green Bay head coach, Mike Holmgren decided to coach there.
In nine NFL seasons, Hasselbeck has played in 135 games with the majority of his work being as the starting signal caller for Seattle. His overall rating is 86.2. He’s thrown 142 touchdowns and 84 interceptions. His overall completion rate is 60.7-percent (1904 of 3138). Hasselbeck has compiled 22,333 yards.
The quarterback has been a three-time Pro Bowler (2003, 2005, 2007) and was All-Pro in 2005. He’s a fine pocket passer with sound footwork, a fast setup and excellent balance. He’s a veteran who knows the ins-and-outs of the game and who has learned to make good decisions on the field. His confidence is well founded, making him a fine team leader. His six-foot-four, 225-pound frame is solid. He can throw every type of pass. Overall, he has a good touch and offers more than adequate arm strength. He knows when to throw balls away, looks off safeties and gets the ball quickly to his receivers. He has some problems with deep sideline routes and touch throws underneath.
Hasselbeck is a very good number one quarterback who can ably lead the Seattle Seahawks to a championship.