Matt Hasselbeck was a three-time Pro Bowler when he was the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. Now, 10 years after his last Pro Bowl as a player, Hasselbeck will help call the action at the NFL's annual all-star showcase, a game that will feature five current Seahawks: safety Earl Thomas, linebacker Bobby Wagner, quarterback Russell Wilson, tight end Jimmy Graham and receiver Doug Baldwin.
Since retiring in 2016, Hasselbeck, has been a part of ESPN's NFL coverage as an analyst, appearing on Monday Night Countdown and NFL Live. During the Pro Bowl, however, Hasselbeck will handle game action as the analyst alongside Sean McDonough, who serves as the voice of Monday Night Football, and reporter Lisa Salters.
For Hasselbeck, this gig will serve as a live audition of sorts for the Monday Night Football analyst job, which became available when Jon Gruden left ESPN to become the head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
"Matt has experience calling games and will be a great fit alongside Sean McDonough for this Pro Bowl assignment," ESPN Senior VP, Events & Studio Production Stephanie Druley said in a press release. "He is a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback with connections to many players and coaches throughout the league, and he was already scheduled to cover the game as part of our ESPN studio team.
"The process for determining our new Monday Night Football booth is already underway. We are looking at both internal and external candidates and expect to have a decision made this spring. This is one of the most high-profile and attractive positions in all of sports broadcasting so we want to take our time to ensure we make the best decision."
Hasselbeck, McDonough and Salters will also call the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown earlier in the week, an event that features events such as Epic Dodgeball, Drone Drop, Kick Tac Toe and more. The Skills Showdown airs Thursday, Jan 25 on ESPN at 6 p.m. PT, while the Pro Bowl will be on Sunday, January 28 at 11:50 a.m. PT on ESPN.
Linebacker Bobby Wagner, Safety Earl Thomas, Quarterback Russell Wilson, and Tight End Jimmy Graham have been voted to the 2018 Pro Bowl. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin, defensive end Michael Bennett, safety Kam Chancellor and kick returner Tyler Lockett have been named as alternates.