New England Roots

Matt Hasselbeck on his accidental QB start, night swimming at Steve Nelson’s, and Bob Lobel telling him his dad had been traded

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(Photos by Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)

Up next in our “New England Roots” series: former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Raised in Southeastern Massachusetts as the son of former Patriots tight end Don Hasselbeck, he and his brother Tim would go on to carve out their own careers in professional football.

Matt played at Xaverian Brothers and starred at Boston College. A sixth-round pick of the Packers in 1998, he would go on to play for Green Bay, Seattle, Tennessee and Indianapolis, throwing for 36,638 yards and 212 touchdowns in his career. After retiring following the 2015 campaign, Hasselbeck moved back to the Bay State. He is currently an NFL analyst for ESPN.

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