This is is funny story. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck started out his career as an unheralded sixth-round pick with the Green Bay Packers. He spent his first season with the team on the practice squad. He then went on to bigger and better things during a 17-year NFL career.
It wasn’t always pretty for Hasselbeck, though. Obviously, he had to struggle to make the roster early on.
Hasselbeck played at Boston College. So what did he do in the offseason? Went back to Boston and threw the ball to any chump who agreed to catch it, apparently.
Back in 1998-2000 when I was trying to make the @packers, an insurance salesman in the Boston area ran routes 🏈 for me instead playing pick-up hoops 🏀. He’d usually take a 5 yard head start so the routes would time up at @nfl training-camp throwing to @Donald_Driver80 & co. 😉
— Matt Hasselbeck (@Hasselbeck) July 9, 2018
Amusing. Not only that Hasselbeck was throwing to an insurance salesman, but that that guy would have to get a head start to account for the speed of Hasselbeck’s teammates.
Couldn’t Hasselbeck find any former BC teammates or current Boston College players to throw to? Maybe nobody liked him.
After two years as Brett Favre’s backup with the Packers, Hasselbeck was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2001. There he re-joined The Walrus and became a three-time Pro Bowler.
All thanks to some insurance salesman in Boston.