Tim Hasselbeck

Tim Hasselbeck was born on April 6, 1978 in Norfolk, Massachusetts. He is former football quarterback for the NFL and currently works as a sports analyst for ESPN.


Tim was raised by his mother, Mary Beth, and father Don Hasselbeck, a former New England Patriots tight end. He is also the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. He attended and played football at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Massachusetts and in just three seasons, he threw for over 4,700 yards and 50 touchdowns. He was named Player of the Year by both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald

College Football Career

In 1996, he started playing for the Eagles while enrolled at Boston College, where he graduated with a degree in marketing. Hasselbeck was forced to sit out for the 2000 spring practice season after having abdominal surgery. As a captain during his senior season, he completed 133 of 250 passes for 2,019 yards for 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. During that season, he was awarded the Thomas F. Scanlan Award from his college, which was given to the best athlete and scholar. Another amazing feat was accomplished by Tim on November 26, 1999, when he completed the longest touchdown pass in Boston College history, a 97-yarder to Dedrick Dewalt in a 38–14 loss against Virginia Tech.

NFL Career

In 2001, Hasselbeck was originally signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent but in 2002 he was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad as a free agent.

In 2003, he was signed by the Washington Redskins and spent two seasons as a backup quarterback. He entered the starting lineup in 2003 when then-starter Patrick Ramsey was injured. On December 7, 2003, he completed 13 of 19 passes for 154 yards in leading the Redskins to a 20–7 win over the New York Giants. He threw two touchdown passes and no interceptions in that game. The following week, he had the lowest possible single-game passer rating (0.0) in a 27–0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

In May 2005, the New York Giants signed Hasselbeck to be their backup for quarterback Eli Manning, until September 1, 2007, when he was released by the Giants.

Hasselbeck was later signed by the Arizona Cardinals on October 16, 2007. His last stint was with the Carolina Panthers.

Broadcasting Career

Hasselbeck made his broadcasting TV debut on September 23, 2007, announcing the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens game for NFL on Fox. He is currently a TV sports analyst for ESPN, and has been on SportsNet New York and Sirius NFL Radio as well. He also works as a fantasy football analyst and co-hosts Fantasy Football Now on ESPN2 and ESPN.com.


Personal Life

He met his future wife, Elisabeth Filarsk during his college days and soon began dating her. They spent 14 hours together on their first date and on that day in the football stadium of their college they shared their first kiss. They got married in her hometown, with a nice ceremony for 200 guests.

Elisabeth is famous for being a contestant on Survivor, and for her traditionalist views as co-host of the Emmy-winning ABC show The View. The show has a cast of all females. They try to have females from different walks of life so that they can provide viewers with different viewpoints. Rumors started popping up that Elisabeth’s conservative outlook was becoming more and more unpopular with viewers, allegedly resulting in her termination from the show. More in line with her political beliefs, Elisabeth joined the right wing morning news talk show Fox and Friends. The couple have three kids, one daughter and two sons. On November 23, 2015 Elisabeth made a teary-eyed announcement that she was leaving television to focus on her family.

The Hasselbecks seem to have a great sense of humor. Tim has said that he is better known as “the boyfriend of Elisabeth from Survivor” than as a NFL quarterback. He often comes across as having a quiet and reserved demeanor. Elisabeth on the other hand, is a person who is always up to something. In 2010, the Hasselbecks performed a “job swap,” requiring Elisabeth to provide live NFL commentary and Tim to improvise on the morning talk show with the rest of the bubbly, all-female panel of The View.

In 2012, the couple decided to leave the city life behind. They sold their Upper West Side apartment for 3 million dollars, and traded up for a big house in the suburbs for the sake of their children. Their house in the city, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, was dwarfed by their new home. The 7,600 square foot Greenwich estate has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, an au pair suite, and is located in an area filled with hedge fund managers. This lavish family home cost the power couple 4.2 million dollars. They wanted to raise their kids in the quiet suburbs instead of the noisy city. They felt that their children would become better people if they were raised in a peaceful area and away from the potential problems and danger of the city.

Rumors briefly flared up that Tim and Elisabeth were getting divorced because Elisabeth stopped wearing her wedding ring on TV. However, these suspicions were short-lived because Elisabeth had a legit and boring reason for not wearing the ring. Tim is reportedly “the leader at home” and the family upholds traditional Christian values like Elisabeth has always promoted on her shows. They are a perfect match because of their religious views. If Tim had a different faith, there is no way Elisabeth would have stayed married to him. She is such a devoted believer in her faith that she has managed to get into trouble for sticking to her views. Many of her critics don’t understand why she can have such outdates views in this modern world but she doesn’t care. She will speak her voice on issues that matter to her even if it gets her fired.

Elisabeth told US Magazine how Tim has translated his skills from the football field to their family life, ““He’s the leader at home. You know he was a quarterback on field, he’s a quarterback at our house, and I like it that way. Our house works best because of his leadership, and I can be bold, but he’s our general.”

Last Modified: Apr 8, 2020

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