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NFL QB Matt Hasselbeck announced his retirement and added that he would be joining ESPN as an NFL analyst on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown, according to Allie Stoneberg of ESPN.
Stoneberg provided comments from Hasselbeck regarding the decision:
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. Throughout 18 incredible seasons, I had the chance to forge many relationships with teammates, 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. ...
The exceptional opportunity presented to me by ESPN accelerated my decision to retire from playing football. I’m excited for the chance to give everything I have to this new endeavor and share the knowledge I have with our viewers.
Hasselbeck was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft but spend most of his career with the Seattle Seahawks.
In Seattle, he won the starting job in 2002 and led the Seahawks to the playoffs the next five years, even taking them to Super Bowl XL, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He finishes his career with 36,638 passing yards and a 212-153 TD/Int ratio.
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