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HasselbeckDon Hasselbeck was a fine tight end in the NFL for nine years, including six-plus seasons with the New England Patriots. He had the best season of his career in 1981 when, despite missing two games with a knee injury, he caught 46 passes. His reception total was one shy of the then-club record for a tight end and his 808 receiving yards established a new club mark for his position. His 17.6 yard/catch average was tops in the NFL among all tight ends and fifth best in the AFC among all receivers. While with New England, he teamed with Russ Francis to give the Patriots the best tight end tandem in the NFL. In 1983, he was traded to the Los Angles Raiders where he found himself working with another of the league’s best tight ends, Todd Christensen. He won a Super Bowl ring with the Raiders, then moved on to Minnesota in 1984 and the New York Giants in 1985. Don finished his NFL career with 107 catches and 18 touchdowns. Prior to his pro career, Don as a Parade All-American at LaSalle High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Sporting News first-team All American at the University of Colorado. Don had a fantastic career at Colorado, earning first team All Big 8 honors as a junior and senior. Now an executive at Reebok, Hasselbeck is the father of two NFL quarterbacks. Matt is a Pro Bowl signal caller for the defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks and Tim, a former New York Giant, is now an analyst with ESPN.

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