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Matt Hasselbeck Retires and Joins ESPN

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Indianapolis, IN – The 17-year veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck announces retirement and will join ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown teams.

“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. “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.”

Hasselbeck, 40,had reportedly expressed a desire to continue to play but the Colts were not interested in bringing the unrestricted free agent back, despite his success filling in for Andrew Luck last season. As a starter with the Colts, he went 5-3, completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 1,690 yards with 9 touchdowns and five interceptions.

A great chunk of Hasselbeck’s career was spent in Seattle with the Seahawks where he took them to the first Super Bowl appearance in team history in 2005. He threw for 36,638 yards in his career, good for 22nd in league in history, and his 212 touchdown passes leave him in a tie with Terry Bradshaw at No. 31 all-time.

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