Matt Hasselbeck may not have gotten the part as in-game analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football, but the former Seattle Seahawks quarterback’s voice will be heard in primetime at the collegiate level.
Earlier this week, ESPN announced that Hasselbeck will join play-by-play man Adam Amin and sideline reporter Molly McGrath for the network’s Thursday Night Football lineup of college football games. No word yet on his first assignment, although August 29th features UCLA at Cincinnati and Utah at BYU, so he might be one on of those two matchups.
Hasselbeck was best known for leading the Seahawks to the NFC Championship in 2005, leading the team to a great run of success as a perennial playoff team from 2003-2007. His time in Seattle ended in 2011, and he retired from the NFL after the 2015 season to join ESPN’s laundry list of NFL pundits.
During his brief time up in Bristol, Hasselbeck had been on ESPN’s Thursday college games as part of a rotational set of in-game announcers, but he’s primarily served as studio analyst on Monday Night Countdown. When Jon Gruden left to coach the Oakland Raiders, Hasselbeck was one of the candidates to replace him. Ultimately, ESPN went with Booger McFarland and Jason Witten. This year it’ll just be McFarland and Joe Tessitore, as Witten mercifully returned to the Dallas Cowboys.
Oh yeah, Matt is not the only Hasselbeck geared up for weekly color commentary. His brother Tim is paired with Dave O’Brien on ACC Network games. All the best to both of them!