Matt Hasselbeck

Matthew Michael Hasselbeck (born September 25, 1975)[1] is a former American football quarterback and current analyst for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. He played college football at Boston College and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. After a season on the practice squad and two seasons backing up Brett Favre, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2001. Hasselbeck led Seattle to six playoff appearances, including a Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2005 season. He was selected to three Pro Bowls in his career. Hasselbeck also played for the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts.

Matt Hasselbeck
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Hasselbeck with the Colts in 2014
No. 11, 8
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:September 25, 1975 (age 43)
Boulder, Colorado
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Xaverian Brothers
(Westwood, Massachusetts)
College:Boston College
NFL Draft:1998 / Round: 6 / Pick: 187
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:5,330
Pass completions:3,222
Percentage:60.5
TDINT:212–153
Passing yards:36,638
Passer rating:82.4
Player stats at NFL.com

Early life

Hasselbeck is the son of Mary Beth "Betsy" (Rueve) and Don Hasselbeck, a former New England Patriots tight end.[2] He was born in Boulder, Colorado, where his father played college football for Colorado. Matt and younger brothers Tim and Nathanael grew up in Norfolk, Massachusetts, and attended Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood. He was selected as an honorable mention All-American by USA Today as a high school senior.

Matt Hasselbeck attended Boston College near his family's hometown. He played for the Boston College Eagles football team from 1994 through 1997, including two years with his younger brother Tim. Hasselbeck finished his college career as the starting quarterback (a position his brother Tim would later hold with the Eagles). He graduated with a degree in marketing.[3]

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

Hasselbeck was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round (187th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft.[4][5] He joined the team's practice squad in 1998 and acted as a backup for the starting quarterback Brett Favre.

Seattle Seahawks

Hasselbeck joined former head coach Mike Holmgren and the Seattle Seahawks on March 2, 2001. The Packers traded him, along with their first draft pick (17th overall), to the Seahawks for their first (10th overall) and third-round draft picks (72nd overall).[6]

In his early years in Seattle he battled for playing time with Trent Dilfer.

However, after a strong finish in 2002, Hasselbeck entered 2003 as the unquestioned starter. Hasselbeck started all 16 games, leading Seattle to a 10–6 record for the first time since 1988 and a wildcard berth. He also was selected to the Pro Bowl.[7][8] The 2003 NFC Wild Card Game against the Green Bay Packers went into overtime where, at the overtime coin toss, Hasselbeck famously said "We want the ball and we're gonna score."[9][10] During the second overtime possession for the Seahawks, Hasselbeck threw an interception to Packers defensive back Al Harris which was returned 52 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. It gave Green Bay a 33–27 overtime victory.[10]

In 2004, Hasselbeck won the 2004 NFL Quarterback Challenge. He also led Seattle to their first NFC West title since realignment in 2002.

In 2005, Hasselbeck had one of his most productive career performances, earning the highest passer rating in the NFC,[11] and leading the Seahawks to the playoffs for the third consecutive year while clinching the NFC's top seed. He led the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL, in which they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was the starting quarterback for the NFC in the 2006 Pro Bowl. During this season linebacker Lofa Tatupu joined the Seahawks. Lofa's father Mosi had been a teammate of Hasselbeck's father Don during his time with the Patriots.

Hasselbeck led the Seahawks to a 4–1 record to start the 2006 season before being seriously injured on Week 7. Minnesota linebacker E. J. Henderson rolled into Hasselbeck's right leg. The result was a second degree MCL sprain, causing Hasselbeck to miss four games. Hasselbeck contended that Henderson could have avoided injuring him.[12] Upon returning he subsequently broke fingers on his non-throwing hand, but continued to lead his team to a 9–7 record and the divisional round of the post-season. The fourth-seeded Seahawks defeated the Dallas Cowboys 21–20 in the wild card round in Seattle, then lost to the top-seeded Chicago Bears in overtime, 27–24.

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Hasselbeck passing against the Chicago Bears in November 2007.

In 2007, Hasselbeck led his team to its fourth consecutive division title[13][14] and fifth consecutive playoff appearance. He had 3,966 passing yards, 28 touchdowns (both career highs), 62.6% completion percentage, and a 91.4 passer rating.[7][8] He threw for 229 yards in a 35–14 NFC wild card victory over the Washington Redskins. The third-seeded Seahawks lost in the divisional round to the NFC's No. 2 seed Green Bay, losing 42–20 in the snow at Lambeau Field[15] despite an early 14–0 lead.

Hasselbeck set career highs in yards, attempts, and touchdown passes in the 2007 season and was elected to his third Pro Bowl.[7][8]

In 2008, Hasselbeck suffered from a back injury that affected a nerve in his lower back, creating a weakness in his leg that brought on a knee injury. Hasselbeck twisted his back awkwardly in the preseason opener on August 8 at Minnesota and missed the rest of the preseason. His bulging disk was diagnosed and treated with injections and he opened the regular season as the starter, but he hurt his knee after a hit early in the Seahawks' loss to the New York Giants on October 5. He also received a helmet-to-helmet hit vs. the Arizona Cardinals. These injuries caused Hasselbeck to miss most of the 2008 NFL season.

In the 2009 season opener, things did not start out well for Hasselbeck, who threw two interceptions in the first quarter. After that Hasselbeck dominated the rest of the way, completing 25 of 36 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns in their 28–0 win over the St. Louis Rams. During Week 2 of the 2009 NFL season, Hasselbeck fractured his rib against the San Francisco 49ers and missed the next two games against the Bears (Week 3) and the Colts (Week 4). During Week 5, playing the Jaguars, Hasselbeck threw four touchdown passes in the Seahawks' second shutout of the season, beating Jacksonville 41–0. In Week 6, Hasselbeck played his career worst, losing to the Arizona Cardinals with 27–3.

During the final week of the season, Hasselbeck won the Seahawks' "Steve Largent Award."[16]

In 2010, the season started off strong for Hasselbeck, leading his team to a 4–2 record and victories over the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers. But the degree of Hasselbeck's health would prove to be inconsistent, with injuries leading him to sit out crucial games later in the season, leading the Seahawks to lose seven of their last ten. Nevertheless, Seattle would make the playoffs with their fifth NFC West division championship.

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Hasselbeck was 45-19 at Seattle's Qwest Field.

Seattle became the first team with a losing record to host a playoff game, taking on the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints during wild card weekend.[17] Despite being 11 point underdogs, Hasselbeck had one of the most memorable and clutch performances of his career. He threw for 272 yards, four touchdowns (a franchise postseason record) with one interception coming from a tipped ball, and a 113.03 passer rating, leading the Seahawks to victory over the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.[18] However, Seattle would go on to lose 35–24 in the divisional playoffs against the Chicago Bears. Hasselbeck still played well, however, with over 250 yards passing and three touchdowns.

Playoff career

Hasselbeck’s 11 postseason starts as a quarterback rank 16th all-time in NFL history,[19] leading the Seahawks to five postseasons in a row under Mike Holmgren at one point.

In 2003, his first playoff appearance, Hasselbeck pronounced, "we want the ball and we're going to score" at the coin flip of overtime with Green Bay.[20] Hasselbeck was intercepted by Al Harris in overtime, who returned the pass for a game-winning touchdown. After that season, Hasselbeck would go on to lead Seattle to six playoff appearances in eight years.

In 2005, Hasselbeck led Seattle to Super Bowl XL, where they lost to Pittsburgh in a game remembered for its poor officiating.[21] The NFL Network called it one of the 10 most controversial games in NFL History. Head referee Bill Leavy later apologized to Hasselbeck at a Seahawks offseason practice in 2010, publicly saying he would "go to his grave for kicking several calls in the fourth quarter that affected the outcome of the game."[22]

In 2006, Hasselbeck rallied Seattle in the fourth quarter and threw the game-winning touchdown at Qwest Field to beat Dallas Cowboys 21–20, but that occurred before Tony Romo's infamous dropped snap.[23]

In 2010, Hasselbeck led Seattle to a surprising playoff upset when he beat the New Orleans Saints, who were the defending NFL champions and 11-point favorites. Although the game would be remembered for Marshawn Lynch's Beast Quake run, Hasselbeck was an integral part in the win with 272 yards and 4 touchdowns.[24] The game was called "Hasselbeck's finest hour" by ESPN, and turned out to be his final game at Qwest Field in Seattle leading Seattle to a 41–36 upset of the New Orleans Saints.[25]

Departure from Seattle

Hasselbeck's departure from the Seahawks was largely a surprise, given his status with the Seattle fan base. At the conclusion of the 2010 season Pete Carroll announced re-signing Hasselbeck was the Seahawks "number one offseason priority",[26] with Hasselbeck emphasizing his desire to retire in Seattle. However, the two sides had trouble reaching an agreement as Hasselbeck reportedly turned down a one-year offer before the NFL lockout began, asking for two years.[27] When Hasselbeck was rumored to be "Plan A" for the Tennessee Titans and rumors surfaced the Seahawks were pursuing Tarvaris Jackson instead of Hasselbeck, Seattle fans began a web and social media campaign at the end of the NFL lockout in 2011 to "Bring Back Matt", with a website www.bringbackmatt.com.[28] Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider called Hasselbeck after the lockout to let them know they were "moving on." Hasselbeck described the call as "worse than breaking up with an old girlfriend." The Seahawks took out a full-page ad in The Seattle Times the following day to salute Hasselbeck and his family for their work.[29]

Hasselbeck was the last remaining Seahawk from the team's last season in the AFC West Division in 2001.

Tennessee Titans

Operation Gameday Experience
Hasselbeck with U.S. soldiers prior to kickoff at a game in November 2011.

On July 29, 2011, Hasselbeck signed a three-year, $21 million deal to play for the Tennessee Titans.[30] He was recruited by Mike Reinfeldt, the former vice president of football administration for the Seahawks and current executive vice president and the chief operating officer for the Titans, who was part of the team for four of Hasselbeck's five NFC West division championships and Super Bowl appearance. Hasselbeck was targeted by the Titans, who were looking for a veteran quarterback to help lead the team to wins while also mentoring first-round draft pick Jake Locker. The Titans finished 2011 with a 9–7 record, narrowly missing out on the final playoff berth due to losing to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9.

Hasselbeck's first action in the 2012 season came in Week 1 against the New England Patriots after Locker left early in the game with a shoulder injury. Hasselbeck started the next 4 weeks while Locker healed, finishing 2-2 in those starts; his victories were at home against Pittsburgh (the first Titans win over Pittsburgh since 2008) and at Buffalo, winning on a last-minute touchdown to Nate Washington. The Titans went 6-10 on the season.

On March 18, 2013, Hasselbeck was released by the Titans.

Indianapolis Colts

On March 19, 2013, the Indianapolis Colts signed Hasselbeck to a two-year deal worth up to $7.25 million. He beat Chandler Harnish to win the backup job for the 2013 season.[31] Backing up Andrew Luck, Hasselbeck saw little playing time during his first two years but mentored the budding star.[32] In 2013 Hasselbeck attempted only 12 passes, completing seven for 130 yards and one interception. The following season, Hasselbeck appeared in only four games but led two touchdown drives, one during a blowout loss against the Dallas Cowboys and another during garbage time in the season finale against division rival (and former team) the Tennessee Titans.[33]

2015 season

On February 26, 2015, Hasselbeck signed a one-year contract to remain with the Colts.[34]

Hasselbeck made his first start with the Colts on October 4, 2015, filling in for the injured Luck. He led the Colts to an overtime win, defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars, 16–13. After a short week that included Hasselbeck being ill from a bacterial infection and having virtually no practice time, he was once again called upon to play for Luck. He became only the second 40-year-old NFL quarterback to win back-to-back games, when he engineered a 27–20 win over the Houston Texans on October 8, 2015. Over those two starts, he completed 48 of 76 passes for three touchdowns and no turnovers, compiling a 2-0 record as starter.

On November 22, 2015, Hasselbeck started his third game for the Colts, as Luck suffered a kidney injury that would ultimately take him out for the remainder of the season. He passed for 213 yards with two TDs and two interceptions in a come-from-behind win over the Atlanta Falcons. The win kept Indianapolis in the lead of the AFC South division and improved them to a 5–5 record. The following week the Colts took on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were on a four-game winning streak. Hasselbeck led the team to a 25–12 win, passing for 315 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, which led to a passer rating of 100.8.[35] Hasselbeck led the Colts to a 6-5 record with a 4-0 record as starter at the age of 40, and was the first quarterback in NFL history to do so. However, injuries began to take their toll on the aging quarterback, and Hasselbeck's play would begin to deteriorate as the Colts lost three straight games. Hasselbeck won the final start of his career, an 18-12 win over the Miami Dolphins, thanks in large part to Frank Gore's two rushing touchdowns. Hasselbeck was responsible for five of the Colts' eight wins over the season, despite only starting eight games.

Retirement

On February 28, 2016, it was reported that Hasselbeck would not return to the Colts.[36] On March 9, 2016, Hasselbeck announced his retirement from professional football, and that he would join his brother Tim and become an analyst for ESPN, replacing Mike Ditka on Sunday NFL Countdown.[37][38] Hasselbeck signed a one-day contract with the Seattle Seahawks to officially retire as part of their organization.[39]

Statistics

Regular season

Season Team Games Passing Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Sck SckY Rate Att Yds Avg TD FUM Lost
1999 Green Bay Packers 16 0 3 10 30.0 41 4.1 1 0 1 9 77.5 6 15 2.5 0 1 0
2000 Green Bay Packers 16 0 10 19 52.6 104 5.5 1 0 1 2 86.3 4 -5 -1.3 0
2001 Seattle Seahawks 13 12 176 321 54.8 2,023 6.3 7 8 38 251 70.9 40 141 3.5 0 6 2
2002 Seattle Seahawks 16 10 267 419 63.7 3,075 7.3 15 10 26 143 87.8 40 202 5.1 1 5 4
2003 Seattle Seahawks 16 16 313 513 61.0 3,841 7.5 26 15 42 246 88.8 36 125 3.5 2 4 1
2004 Seattle Seahawks 14 14 279 474 58.9 3,382 7.1 22 15 30 155 83.1 27 90 3.3 1 5 1
2005 Seattle Seahawks 16 16 294 449 65.5 3,459 7.7 24 9 24 154 98.2 36 124 3.4 1 4 2
2006 Seattle Seahawks 12 12 210 371 56.6 2,442 6.6 18 15 34 229 76.0 18 110 6.1 0 3 2
2007 Seattle Seahawks 16 16 352 562 62.6 3,966 7.1 28 12 33 204 91.4 39 89 2.3 0 9 5
2008 Seattle Seahawks 7 7 109 209 52.2 1,216 5.8 5 10 19 119 57.8 11 69 6.3 0 1 0
2009 Seattle Seahawks 14 14 293 488 60.0 3,029 6.2 17 17 32 209 75.1 26 119 4.6 0 11 3
2010 Seattle Seahawks 14 14 266 444 59.9 3,001 6.8 12 17 29 175 73.2 23 60 2.6 3 7 5
2011 Tennessee Titans 16 16 319 518 61.6 3,571 6.9 18 14 19 153 82.4 20 52 2.6 0 4 1
2012 Tennessee Titans 8 5 138 221 62.4 1,367 6.2 7 5 14 103 81.0 13 38 2.9 0 3 1
2013 Indianapolis Colts 3 0 7 12 58.3 130 10.8 0 1 0 0 61.1 2 -2 -1.0 0
2014 Indianapolis Colts 4 0 30 44 68.2 301 6.8 2 0 2 7 102.6 8 -11 -1.4 0 1 1
2015 Indianapolis Colts 8 8 156 256 60.9 1,690 6.6 9 5 16 101 84.0 16 15 0.9 0 3 2
Total 207 158 3,222 5,330 60.5 36,638 6.9 212 153 360 2,260 82.4 365 1,231 3.4 8 67 30

Playoffs

Season Team Games Passing Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Sck SckY Rate Att Yds Avg TD FUM Lost
2003 Seattle Seahawks 1 1 25 45 55.6 305 6.8 0 1 2 14 67.4 1 0
2004 Seattle Seahawks 1 1 27 43 62.8 341 7.9 2 1 3 9 93.3 2 26 13.0 0
2005 Seattle Seahawks 3 3 62 103 60.2 707 6.9 4 1 5 30 89.7 15 83 5.5 1
2006 Seattle Seahawks 2 2 36 69 52.2 435 6.3 3 3 3 16 68.2 3 11 3.7 0
2007 Seattle Seahawks 2 2 39 65 60.0 423 6.5 2 2 3 24 76.6 3 0 0.0 0 2 0
2010 Seattle Seahawks 2 2 48 81 59.3 530 6.5 7 1 3 22 102.4 2 -1 -0.5 0 1 0
Total 11 11 237 406 58.4 2,741 6.8 18 9 19 115 84.4 25 51 2.0 1 4 0

Seahawks franchise records

Regular season

  • Most games by a starting quarterback, career – 131[40]
  • Most wins by a starting quarterback, season (tied with Russell Wilson) – 13 (13–3 in 2005)[41]
  • Most pass attempts, season – 562 (2007)[42]
  • Most pass attempts, game – 55 (at San Francisco, 12/1/02)[43]
  • Most pass attempts, career – 4,250[44]
  • Most pass completions, game – 39 (vs Detroit, 11/08/09)[45]
  • Most pass completions, career – 2,559[46]
  • Most passing yards, career – 29,434[47]
  • Most 300+ yard passing games, career – 19[48]
  • Most 300+ yard passing games, season – 4 (2002 and 2003)[49]
  • Most 3,000 passing yard seasons, career – 7[42]
  • Most passing touchdowns, game (tied with three players): 5[50]
  • Most consecutive attempts without an interception – 159 (2005)
  • Most 4th quarter comeback wins in a single season – 4 (2006) (tied with Russell Wilson and Dave Krieg)
  • Most game winning drives in a single season – 5 (2006) (tied with Russell Wilson and Dave Krieg)
  • 2nd most passing yards, season – 3,966 (2007)[51]
  • 2nd highest completion percentage, career (min. 500 attempts) – 60.2%[52]
  • 3rd lowest interception percentage, career (min. 500 attempts) – 3.0%[53]

Playoffs

  • 2nd most playoff starts – 11
  • 2nd most touchdown passes – 18
  • Most interceptions – 9
  • Most pass attempts – 406[54]
  • Most pass completions – 237[54]
  • Most pass completions, game – 27 (January 8, 2005 vs. Rams)[54]
  • Most passing yards – 2741[54]
  • Most 300+ yard passing games – 2[54]
  • Highest passer rating – 118.0 (January 22, 2006 vs. Panthers)[54]
  • Highest completion percentage – 58.4%[54]
  • Highest YPA (With 100 Attempts) – 6.75[54]
  • Most consecutive games with a touchdown pass – 10[54]
  • Most consecutive passes without an interception – 109 (2004–05)
  • Most touchdown passes in a single game – 4 (1/8/11 vs. Saints)

Personal life

Hasselbeck married his college sweetheart, Sarah Egnaczyk, on June 17, 2000.[55] They met at age 17. Sarah was an athlete at Boston College, playing with the field hockey team. Together they have two daughters, Annabelle (2002) and Mallory (2003), and a son, Henry (2005).[56][57]

Matt Hasselbeck was also struck by lightning twice, the first time being in 1996. Not only has he been hit by lightning, his wife has too.[58][59]

He is the brother-in-law of television personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who is married to his younger brother Tim.

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1997 Boston College Eagles football team

The 1997 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. Boston College was a member of the Big East Conference. The Eagles played their home games at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, which has been their home stadium since 1957.

2001 Seattle Seahawks season

The 2001 Seattle Seahawks season was the franchise's 26th season in the National Football League, The second of two seasons the Seahawks played at Husky Stadium while Qwest Field was being built and the third under head coach Mike Holmgren. They improved on their 6-10 record from 2000 and finished the season at 9–7. The Seahawks were in the playoff hunt until the very last game of the season; Baltimore's win over Minnesota on the last Monday Night game of the year ended Seattle's post-season bid. The 2001 season was the final season for the Seahawks in the American Football Conference and the second and final season they played at Husky Stadium while Qwest Field was being built.

Before the season, the Seahawks signed free agent quarterbacks Trent Dilfer and Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck eventually won the starting position over Dilfer. The Seahawks also signed future Hall of Fame defensive tackle John Randle, who spent the last 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and would make the Pro Bowl in his first season with the Seahawks.

The season saw the emergence of the second year running back Shaun Alexander after Ricky Watters was injured for most of the season. Watters retired after the season ended.

It was also the final season the Seahawks wore their traditional blue and green uniforms.

2003 Seattle Seahawks season

The 2003 Seattle Seahawks season was the franchise's 28th season in the National Football League, The second season in Qwest Field and the fifth under head coach Mike Holmgren. After going 31–33 in his first four years as head coach, the Seahawks went undefeated at home for the first time in franchise history and improved to 10–6, thus making the NFC playoffs as a wild card team, the first of nine playoff appearances in twelve seasons. However, the team fell 33-27 to the Green Bay Packers in the opening round due to an interception returned for a touchdown by Green Bay's Al Harris in overtime. Following the season, Hall of Fame defensive tackle John Randle retired after 14 seasons.

2004 Seattle Seahawks season

The 2004 Seattle Seahawks season was the franchise's 29th season in the National Football League, The third season in Qwest Field and the fifth under head coach Mike Holmgren. Finishing the season at 9-7, the Seahawks were unable to replicate the year they had prior.

In the Wildcard round, the Seahawks faced off against divisional rival St. Louis Rams, who swept them 2–0 in the regular season. Seattle looked to avenge on their two losses, but it was too late as Matt Hasselbeck's game-tying drive to Bobby Engram was incomplete, leading Hasselbeck to his knees and punch the turf in frustration. The Seahawks would go on to lose 20–27. The Rams, despite a mediocre 8-8 record, advanced to the Divisional Round the following week, only to lose to Michael Vick's Atlanta Falcons in a 17–47 blowout.

On October 20, 2004, the Seahawks traded a conditional 2005 7th round pick (condition failed) to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for Jerry Rice.

2005 Seattle Seahawks season

The 2005 Seattle Seahawks season was the franchise's 30th season in the National Football League, the 4th playing their home games at Qwest Field and the seventh season under head coach Mike Holmgren. They were the NFC representative in Super Bowl XL, a game they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Seahawks compiled a 13–3 record in the regular season, easily winning the NFC West and earning the NFC top seed, thus clinching home field advantage in the NFC playoffs for the first time in franchise history. There, they beat the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers to win the George Halas Trophy, and advance to their first ever Super Bowl. Combining the regular season and postseason, the Seahawks finished with a perfect 10–0 record at Qwest Field. The 2005 team was widely considered the best team in club history until the Super Bowl XLVIII championship. The 2005 season was also the team's 30th anniversary season in the National Football League.

The Seahawks touted Pro Bowlers on offense, and boasted season MVP, running back Shaun Alexander, who would eventually break Priest Holmes's previous single-season rushing touchdown record, with 28 TDs. Alexander also led the league in rushing yards for the second consecutive year, which in turn helped the Seahawks lead the league in scoring. The offense was led by 7th-year veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who compiled a career-high and NFC leading 98.2 passer rating, while completing 65.5% of his passes, earning his second trip to the Pro Bowl. Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson anchored the offensive line at left tackle and guard respectively, and Mack Strong effectively blocked and rushed from the backfield at fullback.

Although Seattle's strength was attributed to their offense, they were strong on the defensive side of the ball as well. The Seahawks compiled an NFL-leading 50 Quarterback sacks, with defensive end Bryce Fisher leading the franchise with nine, while defensive tackle Rocky Bernard added 8.5 and veteran defensive end Grant Wistrom recorded four. Despite starting two rookies at linebacker for most of the year, the Seattle linebacking corps played well, led by Pro Bowler Lofa Tatupu, who topped the team with 104 tackles and added four sacks, three interceptions, and one fumble recovery. In the secondary, Michael Boulware led the team with four interceptions and also tallied two sacks and one fumble recovery, however Seattle suffered injuries throughout the year, notably to free safety Ken Hamlin. A bright spot in relief, second-year cornerback Jordan Babineaux played well as he appeared in all sixteen games for Seattle, intercepting three passes and making 61 tackles. For the season, the Seahawks defense ranked 7th in points allowed, surrendering just 271 total, 181 fewer than the Seahawks offense scored.

2006 Seattle Seahawks season

The 2006 Seattle Seahawks season was the franchise's 31st season in the National Football League, The fifth season in Qwest Field and the eighth under head coach Mike Holmgren. The season began with the team attempting to improve on their 13–3 record from 2005, repeat as National Football Conference (NFC) champions, and return to the Super Bowl. The team, while winning their NFC West division, only advanced as far as the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs, losing to eventual 2006 NFC champions Chicago Bears in overtime.

2007 Seattle Seahawks season

The 2007 Seattle Seahawks season was the franchise's 32nd season in the National Football League, The 6th season in Qwest Field and the 7th under head coach Mike Holmgren. The team has improved upon its 9–7 record in 2006 and secured its fourth consecutive NFC West division title and its fifth consecutive playoff appearance. Also, the team set an NFL record for the fewest penalties since the NFL expanded to a 16-game season, with 59.

Pro Football Reference argues that the 2007 Seahawks gained the easiest schedule of any twenty-first century NFL team: they never opposed any team with a better record than 10–6 in any of their sixteen regular season encounters, and played only two opponents with that record. Divisional matchups had the NFC West playing the NFC South and the AFC North, whilst based on common positions from 2006 the Seahawks also opposed the Bears and the Eagles – both of whom fell to last in stronger divisions.

Punt returner Nate Burleson broke the Seahawks single season punt return yardage record this season with 658 yards.

2008 Seattle Seahawks season

The 2008 Seattle Seahawks season was the franchise's 33rd season in the National Football League, The seventh season in Qwest Field, and the tenth and final under head coach Mike Holmgren. The Seahawks' streak of four consecutive NFC West divisional championships was broken, as they fell to a 4–12 record and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2002. As he had announced back in January, the 2008 season was the final season for Mike Holmgren as the team's head coach.

2009 Seattle Seahawks season

The 2009 Seattle Seahawks season was the franchise's 34th season in the National Football League, the 8th playing their home games at Qwest Field and the first and only season under head coach Jim Mora. The Seahawks slightly improved from their 4–12 record and a third-place finish in what was Mike Holmgren's final season coaching the team in 2008 and finished with a 5-11 record. However, Mora was fired January 8, 2010.

2010 Seattle Seahawks season

The 2010 Seattle Seahawks season was the franchise's 36th season in the National Football League, the 9th playing their home games at Qwest Field and the first under head coach Pete Carroll after Jim Mora was fired on January 8, 2010. The team exceeded their win total from 2009 and won the NFC West with a 7–9 record. They became the first team in a full season to finish with a sub-.500 record and make the playoffs, a berth which was by virtue of winning the division. The 2010 Seahawks also became the first sub-.500 team to win a playoff game with their home win against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, remembered in NFL Lore as the Beast Quake game, but then had their season ended by the second-seeded Chicago Bears in the divisional round.

Statistics website Football Outsiders calculated that the 2010 Seahawks were only the second-worst team (after the 2004 Rams) that they had ever rated to qualify for the playoffs.

Chris Gray (American football)

Christopher William Gray (born June 19, 1970 in Birmingham, Alabama) is a former American football guard of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL Draft. He played college football at Auburn.

Gray played four seasons with the Dolphins until 1996, one season for the Chicago Bears in 1997 and finally over a decade with the Seattle Seahawks. He retired from the Seahawks prior to the 2008 season because he was "at risk for paralysis because of a lower back and spine injury...."

Chris Gray holds the Seahawks franchise record for consecutive starts with 121 and is 9th for total games with 145.

Although he never made it into the Pro Bowl, he was an integral part of the offensive line that blocked for Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander during their five consecutive playoff appearances (2003–2007), including Alexander's MVP year in 2005. He was also on the 1999 AFC West Champion Seahawks. During his career with the Seahawks, he played every position on their offensive line.

In 2008, Gray was a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, and in 2015, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

List of Seattle Seahawks records

This article details statistics relating to the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team, including career, single season and game records.

List of Seattle Seahawks starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Seahawks.

List of Tennessee Titans starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Titans.

Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award

The Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award is an American college football award given annually by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston to "the player who by his conduct on and off the gridiron demonstrates a high esteem for the football code and exemplifies sportsmanship to an outstanding degree" among northeastern colleges and universities. In 1982, the award was narrowed to the player deemed to be the "very best, and most academically talented, college football player in New England." Since 1989, the award has been given annually to two players (with the exception of a single winner in 1996 and three winners in 2007), one from a Division I football program, and one from a small college.The award is the fourth oldest collegiate football award in the United States, following the Heisman, Maxwell, and George "Bulger" Lowe trophies.The award is named for the founder of the Gridiron Club, Nils V. "Swede" Nelson, a former college player at Harvard and coach. Nelson was a member of the unbeaten Harvard football team that defeated Oregon in the 1920 Rose Bowl.

The inaugural winner of the trophy was quarterback Perry Moss of Illinois in 1946. Other notable winners of the award include Doak Walker (1949), Johnny Bright (1951), Floyd Little (1966), Dick Jauron (1971), Otis Armstrong (1972), Tom Waddle (1988), Jay Fiedler (1992), Matt Hasselbeck (1997), and Mark Herzlich (2009).

Russell Stuvaints

Russell Stuvaints, (born August 28, 1980) is a former American football defensive back. He formerly played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League and Team Arkansas of the All American Football League. He won Super Bowl XL with the Steelers, beating Matt Hasselbeck and the Seattle Seahawks.

Scott Mutryn

Scott Mutryn is a former professional quarterback for the New England Patriots and the Amsterdam Admirals. He threw one touchdown pass in a Patriots practice and was then cut.

A top recruit out of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, Mutryn played behind Mark Hartsell as a true freshman in 1994, but was redshirted in 1995 so he could compete with junior Matt Hasselbeck for the starting job in 1996. Mutryn won the job, but was replaced by Hasselbeck during the season. After splitting playing time with Hasselbeck in 1996, new head coach Tom O'Brien decided that Hasselbeck should be the team's only quarterback in 1997 and Mutryn spent the season on the bench. Mutryn started during his final season at Boston College, passing for 2,218 yards and 12 touchdowns for the 4-7 Eagles. Mutryn finished 10th in total career yardage (3,261), 6th overall in single season yardage (2,298 in 1998), 8th overall in passing yards (3,119), 9th overall in single season passing yards (2,218 in 1998), 7th in career passing attempts, 6th in career completion percentage (55.1%), and 8th in single season completion percentage (59.8%).In 1999, Mutryn was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent. He competed against Drew Bledsoe, John Friesz, and Michael Bishop during the pre-season for a spot on the team, but did not make the final roster. Mutryn was signed by the Amsterdam Admirals on March 21, 2000 to replace the injured Jim Murphy. He was cut by the team on April 2, 2000.

Tim Hasselbeck

Timothy Thomas "Tim" Hasselbeck (born April 6, 1978) is a retired American football quarterback who is currently an analyst for ESPN. He played eight seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants, Berlin Thunder, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at Boston College. He is the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

Xaverian Brothers High School

Xaverian Brothers High School (XBHS), founded in 1963 by the Xaverian Brothers, is a private, Catholic secondary school for boys in grades 7-12 on a 33-acre (130,000 m2) campus in Westwood, Massachusetts. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Xaverian is sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers religious order, and offers a rigorous college preparatory program. The school attracts students from more than 60 communities in eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island and is well-recognized for its highly educated faculty, academic resources and athletics.

Matt Hasselbeck—awards and honors

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