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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 3, 2013 – 7:30 am

Excuse Chandler Harnish and Andrew Luck for staring.

This offseason the two Colts quarterbacks have been introduced to a third member in their quarterback room and he isn’t your typical backup.

Matt Hasselbeck’s resume is littered with Pro Bowl appearances, a Super Bowl berth and 15 years of NFL experience.

“You can see Chandler (Harnish) and Andrew (Luck) look at him and go ‘Whoa, this guy comes out slinging it’ and just has run the concept so many times the ball comes out quick,” Colts quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen said. “He knows what’s going on, the way he studies and then just has a professional air about him that’s different from your average football player.”

“There’s a guy that after that many years, you’d dread these (OTA) practices. He might be the most excited, comes in excited every day and has some fun and keeps the place loose. He’s been terrific.”

Hasselbeck is still in the early stages of his time with the Colts but the impact he has had with a pair of second-year quarterbacks is evident.

“He’s first class all the way,” Harnish said of Hasselbeck. “He’s fun, he’s down to earth, he’s energetic.”

“I was telling (Christensen), for a 37-year old, (Hasselbeck) throws the ball extremely well, he’s good in conditioning. I’m hoping that I’m half as good as he is at that age. It’s easy to respect a guy like that and follow him because he’s a Super Bowl quarterback, Pro Bowler, been around for a long time and played with some of the greats.”

On the brink of 200 games played in the NFL, Hasselbeck had a decision to make this offseason.

He could close the book on a career that many quarterbacks dream of, instead, Hasselbeck has decided to take one more challenge, one that doesn’t include a starting script, but the need to mentor a youthful quarterback room in trying to add a Super Bowl ring to an already lengthy resume.

“I think it just speaks to his character of the type of guy he is,” Harnish said of Hasselbeck joining the Colts.

“He’s about making this world a better place and using this platform to affect those guys younger than him, whether it’s a teammate or someone just out in the community.”

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  1. By Michael Eller on Jun 8, 2013 | Reply

    Matt was a great addition to the Colts this year. From what I read here he is really mentoring the two young QB’s like you would hope. Now to say the one thing no one wants to say or hear but needs to be said. For the first time in as long as I can remember, the Colts have a back-up QB that can take the reigns and produce should, and I emphasize god forbid, Andrew happens to go down to injury (something none of us want to see of course). I for one was worried after the end of last year that this year would be a step backwards, due to what would seem to be a tougher schedule than last, but with the depth we have added and the talent we already had, I now believe we just may top last year’s results! Go Colts!!!

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