The majority route athletes take is that they start out as unknowns in their various sports, play their way to recognition, and maybe even fame. Then they retire and leave out the rest of their post-professional lives in relative obscurity. Tim Hasselbeck is not one of those; he joins the ranks of athletes who turned sports analyst at the end of their playing careers.
Perhaps it helps that Tim comes from a family of athletes as his father and two brothers all played football, same as him. Hasselback is a retired American quarterback who played for seven seasons in the NFL and turned out for four teams. He retired with the Arizona Cardinals in 2007 and transitioned to become a sports analyst for ESPN in the same year he retired.
Early Life and Amateur Career
Tim was born to Don Hasselbeck and Mary Beth in Norfolk, Massachusetts. His earliest football inspiration was his father, Don, who played tight end for teams like the New England Patriots, and the New York Giants. Tim’s parents also had more children, two boys on either side of Tim. Hasselbeck did his high school education at Xaverian Brothers High School in Boston where he turned out for the school’s football team.
He rounded up his three high school seasons with a record of 50 touchdowns and 4700 yards thrown. His senior year was his best year in high school with a return of 21 touchdowns, 1970 yards thrown. He earned the title of Player of the Year for his efforts and also bagged Gatorade’s New England Player of the Year, and USA Today’s All-American honors. It turns out high school was a period of relative uncertainty for him as he also played in the school’s basketball team.
Hasselbeck then moved on to Boston College to study marketing. Here, he played for four seasons from 1996 through 2000 for the Eagles of Boston College. His first season did not go as hoped as he was redshirted for the season. The next season, Hasselbeck managed only six games, completing only 9 out of 12 passes for a distance of 140 yards and scoring only 2 touchdowns.
Tim’s junior year proved to be his breakout year as he earned the quarterback position that had been vacated by his older brother Matt Hasselbeck, who had graduated. By the end of the season, Tim had made 260 passes completing 145 of them for 1940 yards. He also scored 11 touchdowns and rushed for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tim collected the Orrie T. Scarminach Award for being the MVP of the Eagles’ game against Syracuse University’s team.
After recovering from an abdominal/groin surgery, he captained his team in his senior year, garnering results of 133 completions out of 250 passes for 2019 yards, 10 interceptions, and 18 touchdowns. He ranked in the third position for passing efficiency and third in total offense. He also ranked fourth in yards passed per game. Hasselbeck also bagged the Thomas F. Scanlan Award. He left Boston with a total record of 3980 yards passed, 29 touchdowns, 55.5 percent passing accuracy and a degree in marketing.
Professional Career and Post-professional Career
After spending two fruitless years as an undrafted free agent with Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles, he moved on to the Washington Redskins in 2003. He spent two years with the Redskins, where he only once became a starter when first choice Patrick Ramsey was out injured. In May 2005, he signed for the New York Giants as a backup for their first choice quarterback Eli Manning. He played only one game and was released in September of the same year.
Following his release, he was passed from the Baltimore Ravens to the Carolina Panthers without playing a single game for either team. On October 16, 2007, he was taken by the Arizona Cardinals during which time he played only one game for the team, effectively putting an end to a rather bleak career.
While Hasselbeck was still with the New York Giants, he participated in the maiden Broadcast Boot Camp, New Jersey, at the NFL Films in Mt. Laurel. Three weeks after the Giants released him, he had his television debut as he announced the Arizona Cardinals vs Baltimore Ravens game for Fox NFL. This led to him being brought on by ESPN as a television sports analyst. He is also the co-host of the show Fantasy Football Now on ESPN and ESPN2. The former pro-NFL player has also had trial runs at Sirius NFL Radio and SportsNet New York.
Tim Hasselbeck’s Wife and Kids
While trying to find his feet with the Philadelphia Eagles, Tim met and married Elizabeth Filarski. The duo met while they were studying at Boston College. Tim tied the knot with her on July 6, 2002. She would later go on to have a career as a television personality. Elizabeth hosted and co-hosted a number of talk shows and television programs during her time such as ABC’s The View from 2003 to 2013. She then took the place of Gretchen Carlson on Fox News’ talk show, Fox and Friends in September 2013. Filarski also participated in the Survivor reality competition television franchise in 2001.
Tim and his wife have a daughter and two sons. The daughter of the family, Grace Elizabeth was born in 2005, while their sons Taylor Thomas and Isaiah Timothy were born in 2007 and 2009 respectively.
The former pro may not have had the career he had worked for, however, some players have had it worse. Much worse. As a result, Hasselbeck’s net worth comes mainly from his work as a television analyst and pundit. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Tim Hasselbeck is worth $12 million.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements of Tim Hasselbeck
For someone who played the quarterback role, his height and weight are satisfactory. He comes in at 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and maintains a healthy weight of about 97 kg (214 lbs). He maintained a healthy and active body weight throughout his playing career.