NFLPA Statement on Matt Hasselbeck's Retirement


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DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director



Matt Hasselbeck has epitomized leadership and service during his 18-year NFL career. As a member of the union’s Executive Committee, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of players, specifically in the area of health and safety. All players past, present and future should know that that they are better protected on and off the field because of Matt’s efforts.

The NFL Players Association has been stronger with Matt as a part of its player leadership. He was first elected to serve his locker room in Seattle as a Co-Alternate Player Rep in 2008, a duty he continued as Player Rep in Indianapolis in 2012. Since 2012, he has served as a Vice President on the Executive Committee, immersing himself in issues such as helmet safety and improvement of concussion care for athletes. He is also an active participant in the NFLPA’s Mackey-White Committee, which focuses on the overall health and well-being of players.

The NFLPA is forever indebted to him for his service and congratulates him on an outstanding NFL career.

-- DeMaurice Smith
NFLPA Executive Director

  • Matt speaks about player health and safety at the 2016 NFLPA Super Bowl Press Conference.
  • Behind the scenes with Matt and his family at a 2009 NFL Players Inc. photoshoot.
  • Matt with the rest of the NFLPA Executive Committee and Executive Director DeMaurice Smith at the 2015 Board of Directors Meetings.
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