Veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has retired from the NFL and joined ESPN as an analyst, he announced Wednesday.
The 40-year-old spent the last three years of his career with the Indianapolis Colts, who decided not to re-sign him last month. He previously played for the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans.
“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. “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.”
During the 2016 season, Hasselbeck will provide analysis for ESPN’s regular season coverage as both a studio and on-site analyst throughout the campaign.
A sixth round selection by the Packers in the 1998 draft out of Boston College, Hasselbeck was named to the Pro Bowl three times in his NFL tenure. He finishes his career with 36,638 passing yards, 212 touchdowns and a 60.5 completion percentage.