NFL veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck retires


Three-time Pro Bowl selection and 18-year veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck announced his retirement from pro football on Wednesday.

"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 in a statement. "Throughout 18 incredible seasons, I had the chance to forge many relationships with team-mates, 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 played quarterback for the Green Bay Packers (1998-2000), Seattle Seahawks (2001-10), Tennessee Titans (2011-12) and Indianapolis Colts (2013-15) during a career that spanned nearly two decades. He threw for 36,638 yards with 212 touchdowns.

After starting his career in Green Bay as the backup to eventual Hall of Famer Brett Favre, Hasselbeck was traded to Seattle in 2001 where he led the Seahawks to six playoff appearances and a Super Bowl during his 10 seasons with the Seahawks.

Hasselbeck's best year was 2007 when he set career highs in multiple categories, including passing yards (3,966) and touchdowns (28) en route to being elected to his third Pro Bowl.

Although he is retiring from playing the game, Hasselbeck will still be involved with the sport as an NFL analyst on ESPN.