For many NFL players, the bye week is a time to get away from football. For Colts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, he's using it as an opportunity to experience football from a different angle - from the broadcast booth. If you tune in to FOX's broadcast of the NFC West division matchup featuring the St. Louis Rams (3-5) at the Arizona Cardinals (7-1) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday, you'll hear Hasselbeck as part of the call, joining the regular crew of Chris Meyers and Ronde Barber.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Good to have Matt <a href="https://twitter.com/Hasselbeck">@Hasselbeck</a> in a 3 man booth with Ronde' Barber & me calling Rams/Cardinals Sunday on Fox <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFL?src=hash">#NFL</a></p>— Chris Myers (@The_ChrisMyers) <a href="https://twitter.com/The_ChrisMyers/status/530485759644803072">November 6, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>An active player currently on an <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFL?src=hash">#NFL</a> roster broadcasting an NFL game on his bye week.. That's what Matt <a href="https://twitter.com/Hasselbeck">@Hasselbeck</a> is doing Sunday on Fox!</p>— Chris Myers (@The_ChrisMyers) <a href="https://twitter.com/The_ChrisMyers/status/530743930413789185">November 7, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
For the 39-year old Hasselbeck, who has been the Colts' backup quarterback for the past two seasons, it's an opportunity for him to get into the booth as his playing career is certainly close to concluding. I think he'd be a great addition to a broadcast team, and he'll get a taste of that this Sunday. And for Colts fans, not only will a current player be in the booth for a game, it'll also be for a game that features a beloved member of a recent Colts team - former offensive coordinator and interim head coach Bruce Arians, now the head coach of the Cardinals on his way to winning his second Coach of the Year award in the last three seasons. Hasselbeck arrived in Indy the year after Arians was there, so the quarterback didn't play for him with the Colts, but nonetheless it's a fun fact for the game.
In his 16-year career Hasselbeck has completed 60.4% of his passes for 34,667 yards, 201 touchdowns and 148 interceptions for a career passer rating of 82.1. In two seasons with the Colts, all as a backup, Hasselbeck has appeared in relief role in five games, completing 9 of 16 passes for 150 yards, 0 touchdowns and a pick.
He's a veteran presence in the locker room and a good backup quarterback. The Colts won't be playing this weekend as they're on their bye week, but Matt Hasselbeck is staying around football. If you check out the Rams vs. Cardinals game on Sunday afternoon, you'll hear him announcing the game.