Matthew Michael Hasselbeck (born September 25, 1975 in Boulder, Colorado) is a quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. He attended Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Massachusetts. He was drafted out of Boston College by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft (187th overall). He began his pro career with the Packers, where he backed up Brett Favre, making his debut in 1999. He joined the Seahawks March 2, 2001, when the Packers traded him along with their first- (17th overall) and seventh-round draft picks to the Seahawks for their first- (10th overall) and third-round draft picks.
He became the Seahawks' all-time, highest-rated passer (86.6) in 2003 passing Dave Krieg (82.3). Has 2,205 career attempts and 1,342 completions for 15,924 yards, 96 touchdowns, and 57 interceptions. He's currently ranks ninth in NFL all-time passer rating.
In 2003 and 2004, Hasselbeck's statistics were somewhat diminished by a receiving corps notorious for dropping a large number of passes: In the 2004 NFC Wild Card game Bobby Engram dropped Hasselbeck's 4th down pass in the end zone late in the 4th quarter, leading to a 27-20 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
Until his recent Super Bowl run, Hasselbeck was best known for his playoff performance in 2003, when he led the Seahawks to Green Bay. After tying the score on the Seahawks final drive to send the game in overtime, Hasselbeck won the overtime coin flip and told the referee: "We want the ball and we're gonna score." The comment was picked up by the referee's microphone and the entire stadium—and national viewing audience—heard it. He went on to throw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. It was later discovered his receiver, Alex Bannister, had ran the wrong route on the play, though Hasselbeck has never acknowledged it.
In 2005, Hasselbeck's performance has widely been regarded to be amongst the best in the NFL while boasting the highest passer rating in the NFC and leading the Seahawks to the playoffs for the third consecutive year.
On January 14, 2006, Hasselbeck carried the team to a 20-10 victory over the Washington Redskins after MVP Shaun Alexander was injured very early in the first quarter. He finished with 16/26 passing for 215 yards and one touchdown. He also had a rushing touchdown in the winning effort.
On January 22, 2006, Hasselbeck led the Seahawks to their second conference championship after his team scored a 34-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers, securing a date with the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 5 in Super Bowl XL which he and his team lost 21-10.
Matthew Michael Hasselbeck is the son of former New England Patriots tight end Don Hasselbeck. His younger brother, Tim, is a backup quarterback for the New York Giants, while his sister-in-law, Elisabeth is a co-host of The View and former Survivor contestant. Hasselbeck prefers to be called "Matthew" by the press, though many do not seem to abide by this wish when giving interviews.
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