Don Hasselbeck
No. 80, 87, 88, 85
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1955-04-01) April 1, 1955 (age 67)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:La Salle
(Cincinnati, Ohio)
NFL Draft:1977 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:1,542
Receiving TDs:18
Player stats at

Donald William Hasselbeck (born April 1, 1955) is a former professional football player, a tight end in the National Football League for the New England Patriots, Los Angeles Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, and the New York Giants.

Early life

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hasselbeck attended La Salle High School, where he was an all-city selection in both football and basketball.[1] He played college football at Colorado, where he majored in Fine Arts. He is currently ranked thirty-sixth on the all-time receptions list at CU.[2]

Professional career

Hasselbeck was selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 1977 NFL Draft, where he played for the first six seasons of his nine-year career. He was traded to the Los Angeles Raiders early in the 1983 season; in Super Bowl XVIII, Hasselbeck blocked an extra point attempt by Washington. He then played for the Minnesota Vikings in 1984 and the New York Giants in 1985 before retiring; he scored the final touchdown of the Giants' season in a 17–3 NFC Wild Card victory over the defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers.


Hasselbeck is married to Mary Beth "Betsy" (Rueve) Hasselbeck.[3] He is the father of former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, formerly the starter for the Seattle Seahawks. Matt played on the Seattle Seahawks with Lofa Tatupu, who himself was the son of Don's teammate Mosi Tatupu.[4]

Hasselbeck's second son Tim Hasselbeck was an NFL backup quarterback who currently works for ESPN as a Fantasy Football analyst and is married to Elisabeth Hasselbeck. His third son, Nathanael Nicolas (born 1981), played football at Boston College and the University of Massachusetts as a defensive back.[5]

Don is the son of John William Hasselbeck and Molly M. (Lang) Hasselbeck.


  1. ^ "2004 Cincinnati High School Sports Hall of Fame Inductees". Retrieved May 24, 2007.
  2. ^ "Don Hasselbeck Official New England Patriots Biography". Archived from the original on May 4, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2007.
  3. ^ Cincinnati Magazine. Emmis Communications. May 2002. p. 33. ISSN 0746-8210. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "Super Bowl Dream Passes From the Father to the Son". The New York Times. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  5. ^ "Nathanael Hasselbeck Bio - University of Massachusetts Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2014.