Matt Hasselbeck Might Not Have Been the Best NFL Player in His Family

The Hasselbecks are one of the families that have had multiple people play in the NFL, with father Don a tight end in the ’70s and ’80s, and sons Matt and Tim both having played quarterback in the last two decades. The family may not have been as good as the Mannings, but they still had pretty good careers in their own right — especially the brothers.

Matt is probably the most famous player out of the three, but was he the best Hasselbeck to play in the NFL? Let’s investigate.

Matt Hasselbeck’s NFL career

Matt, the older Hasselbeck brother, enjoyed the longest playing career in the family. He spent 17 seasons in the league from 1999-2015, the first 10 with the Seahawks before bouncing around a bit.

Matt played in 209 games, including 160 starts. He went 85-75 in his starts and threw for a career number of 36,638 yards and 212 touchdowns with 153 interceptions. His best season came in 2007, when he threw for 3,966 yards and 28 touchdowns — both career highs.

He is a three-time Pro Bowler who started 11 postseason games — all with Seattle — going 5-6 in those contests, passing for 2,741 yards with 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

The other Hasselbecks’ NFL careers

Don had a nine-year career in the league from 1977-1985, playing for four teams — mostly the Patriots. He played in 123 games, starting 30 of them. He recorded 107 receptions for 1,542 yards and 18 touchdowns, including a career-best of six scores in 1981 when he had 46 catches for 808 yards in 14 starts.

Don played in seven postseason games, starting two of them, and grabbed eight receptions for 90 yards with two touchdowns. He was a member of the Raiders team that won Super Bowl XVIII.

Tim had the shortest career in the family, debuting in 2002 and playing four seasons with four different teams. He played in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2007. He played in just 12 games, with five starts, and threw only 177 passes for 1,012 yards, five touchdowns, and seven interceptions.

Tim entered the NFL a couple years after his older brother and tried to follow in his footsteps, but he couldn’t even come close to matching Matt’s career as he barely even made it onto the field.

Which Hasselbeck had the best career?

When discussing which member of the family had the best career, you can rule Tim out immediately. That leaves it down to Don or Matt. Don is the only one in the family who has a Super Bowl ring, and he had a decent career as he lasted nearly a decade in the NFL.

He had respectable career numbers, but they can’t match up to what Matt did in his career, which lasted nearly twice as long as his father’s. Matt was the face of the Seahawks for a decade and led them to the playoffs in six of his 10 seasons on the team.

He definitively had the best playing career in the family. Tim has had a pretty good post-NFL career, though, as he enjoyed a lengthy run as an NFL analyst at ESPN, a career path that Matt also took after he retired from the gridiron. 

Matt made the most money during his playing career, taking home more than $88 million, and he’s adding to it now with his ESPN work. Neither his father nor his brother can even come close to that number, though Tim has likely made a good amount of money in his broadcasting career, and his wife Elisabeth is a longtime TV personality who has a net worth in the millions herself.