The Indianapolis Colts have one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, heading up their team. The Colts also have one of the longest-tenured players in the league backing their starter up.
With two quarterbacks like Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck on the roster, Indianapolis may have the best one-two punch at that position. Hasselbeck, however may be the best backup quarterback in the league.
Hasselbeck is a 16-year veteran, who was orginally drafted in the 6th round (187th overall) by the Green Bay Packers. Hasselbeck was picked in the same draft as QB – Peyton Manning, who was obiously the top overall selection for the Colts.
Hasselbeck was drafted initially as a backup for QB – Brett Favre, but eventually became the starting signal caller for the Seattle Seahawks. Hasselbeck blossomed in Seattle, eventually leading them to an NFC Championship. The Seahawks lost Super Bowl XL, but still enjoyed much success under Hasselbeck.
Last season, Hasselbeck came to the Colts, after playing a bit with the Tennessee Titans. Not only did Hasselbeck bring veteran wisdom, he also brought over knowledge of a division rival. Having Hasselbeck behind Andrew Luck is valuable for several reasons, especially the fact that he’s a capable player, just in case the Colts’ iron man goes down.
There are many young backup quarterbacks fighting for position in the league. Quarterbacks like Brian Hoyer and Michael Vick are also proven veterans. Quarterbacks like Derek Carr and Blake Bortles will be looking to start, but may have to wait and learn for a bit.
Matt Hasselbeck may not be the best backup quarterback in the league, but he is undoubetdly a strong man behind The Man.