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TV FUTURE ON HOLD FOR HASSELBECK

Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 15, 2013 – 12:16 pm

Matt Hasselbeck doesn’t have to look far to see what might be in store for his future after football.

His brother, Tim (a former NFL quarterback), has been a TV analyst since 2007 and is currently on ESPN.

Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Tim’s wife, has been a co-host on The View since 2003.

Any immediate TV studio jobs will have to wait for Matt as he told ESPN’s Colin Cowherd last week that he wants to play football for two more years.

Matt, who will turn 38 in September, knows that while retirement is on the horizon, the focus is solely on his football career and capturing that elusive Super Bowl.

“It’s been my experience when I play with guys and they get later in their career, they start thinking about what they are going to do after football,” Hasselbeck said on “The Herd.” “They start getting into other business or they start thinking about school or a second career. It takes away from their play.”

“If you don’t bring it with everything you’ve got in the offseason, and even during the season, it’s not going to be good enough.”

For the last two seasons, Matt has got a first-hand look at his new team.

In 2012, Matt started at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans during their 19-13 overtime defeat to the Colts.

Matt’s memory though turns to the team’s second meeting where he found out just how special things were coming together in Indianapolis.

“I remember playing up there in Indy, there was a break in the game and everyone, including (the Titans), gave a standing ovation to Chuck Pagano. There was a moment when they honored their cheerleaders who decided to shave their heads in support of Coach Pagano.”

“I think there is just a great respect for the kind of year that they had and how they rallied around their leader in a sense,” Hasselbeck said.

The 15-year veteran will bring 11 games worth of postseason experience with him to Indianapolis and knows that helping a young signal caller is near the top of the priority list.

“I’m just looking forward to being around (Luck),” Hasselbeck said. “When you are with some of the best athletes in the world, it helps improve your game. I’m pretty excited about that opportunity as well.”


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