Matt Hasselbeck is being inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor, before the game tonight. In 2006, the Seahawks made their first trip to the Super Bowl in team history.
Hasselbeck put the team on his back for ten years and built a legacy to be carried on by the next quarterback. The next quarterback happened to be Russell Wilson who has continued that legacy and even helped lead the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl win.
MATT HASSELBECK CARRYING THE FRANCHISE
Before Wilson and the Legion of Boom came along, the Seahawks were led by Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander. The Seahawks were carried by Hasselbeck through one of the roughest times in history to one of the greatest times in Seahawks history.
Until a few seasons ago, Hasselbeck led the Seahawks franchise in passing yards. Now ranking second all-time with 29,434 yards. While in a Seahawks uniform he threw for that amount of yards, adding in 174 touchdowns, he gunned his passes in for a completion percentage of 60.2%.
Not only was he a leader on the field, but off the field as well, he touched so many hearts in the city of Seattle with the charity work, and all the volunteering that he did.
In the touching video that the Seahawks posted to Twitter, his son said:
“On your shoulders, you brought people in, and made everyone feel special. But you’d never admit to that inept because that’s always been the best of all dad. All this weight, all this pressure, and all these people you put on your shoulders. You did it quietly and with humility.”
“And as someone whos been there, On your shoulders is the best place to be.”
THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA
In 2010, the seahawks saw a new head coach come in. The beginning of the Pete Carroll Era. Hasselbeck had the ability to lead the Seahawks to a 6-8 record under Carroll in his first year. In that year, he threw for over 3000 yards and 12 touchdowns. Though the Seahawks moved on to get younger.
It was only a year until the Seahawks found their next Quarterback in Russell Wilson. Wilson has lived up to the legacy put forth by Matt.
It is a well-deserved award, for Matt Hasselbeck to be inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor. Where he will join former Seahawks like Cortez Kennedy, Walter Jones, Jim Zorn, Curt Warner, and Paul Allen.
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