As a long-time fan of the Seattle Seahawks, I would like to say that nothing would have pleased me more than for Matt Hasselbeck to have returned to the ‘Hawks to play out the final days of his career as a mentor and teammate to quarterback Russell Wilson.
I am not going to lie, as much as like Flynn, nothing would have made me happier than the return of Hasselbeck. He’s my second favorite player in team history, behind only Kenny Easley, a man who should be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, which is only about a five-hour drive from Indianapolis. If you don’t know who Easley is, you need to learn more about impact players in the history of the NFL.
With that being said, Colts’ fans should be elated about Hasselbeck joining the team. Not only are they going to get a great back-up quarterback, they are also getting a superior mentor for Andrew Luck.
Some people may ignorantly say that players don’t need mentors, but I don’t understand where this mindset comes from. Any teacher in the history of teaching, no matter how hard they work, can always benefit from a proven veteran work besides them in their profession. The same applies to cooks, accountants, janitors, doctors, quarterbacks, life-guards, bankers, etc. Having a great co-worker next to you every day is just as beneficial, or even more-so, than having a good coach or boss.
While the arm of Hasselbeck may not be able to carry a franchise through an entire season, he’s still got enough left in the tank to keep the ship running smoothly for a few weeks or the remainder of the season if anything were to happen to Luck.
I would like to congratulate the Indianapolis Colts for signing a great person, coach, and mentor for Luck, unlike two years ago, your season won’t be destroyed if your starting quarterback went down win an injury. This time around, if anything ever happened to Luck, you will still be able to look forward to each Sunday.