Hasselbeck retires after 18 seasons


Matt Hasselbeck is moving from the huddle to in front of the camera.

The 40-year-old quarterback said Tuesday he is retiring after 18 seasons in the NFL and will join ESPN as an NFL analyst beginning this fall.

“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 released by ESPN.

“Throughout 18 incredible seasons, I had the chance to forge many relationships with teammates, coaches and staff that I will cherish forever. With the support of my family, we’ve made the decision to embark on the next chapter.”

The three-time Pro Bowler will appear in studio on Sundays during the season and will travel to the site of “Monday Night Football” each week.

Hasselbeck, a 1998 sixth-round draft pick by Green Bay, played his last three seasons for Indianapolis.