2. Matt Hasselbeck
Matt Hasselbeck, or, as Steve Raible used to call him like he was reading a page out of the Bible, “Matthew,” is famous for his “We want the ball, we’re gonna score,” quote at the beginning of the 2003 Wild Card game’s overtime period against the Packers. We all know what happened on that ill-fated drive (Alex Bannister is actually more at fault than poor Matthew). But Matt led the Seahawks to unprecedented success during his tenure as quarterback. Under the tutelage of the great Mike Holmgren, Hasselback guided the Seahawks to five straight division titles and one Super Bowl appearance, the first in Seahawks history and one of the most infamous games in Seahawks history, unfortunately.
Hasselbeck owns most of the Seahawks’ franchise passing records, keeping them warm for Russell Wilson. He was one of the most consistent passers in Seahawks history, and while he was certainly helped by weak divisional opposition at times and by a rushing attack led by Shaun Alexander, Hasselbeck made Seahawks fans believe for the first time in years. He also helped initiate a new generation of Seahawks fans (I’m one of them) into a new era of success. It might be a stretch, considering the many good players and coaches of the early 2000’s Seahawks, but CenturyLink Field might be the House That Matt Built.
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