Former Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck announced his retirement Wednesday and that he will become an NFL analyst for ESPN.

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Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who led the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl appearance following the 2005 season, announced his retirement Wednesday morning and added that he will join ESPN as an NFL analyst.

Hasselbeck will be part of the “Sunday NFL Countdown” and “Monday NFL Countdown” shows.

He said in a statement released by ESPN: “As a kid, playing in the NFL was always my dream and it turned out to be way more fun than I could’ve ever imagined,” said Hasselbeck. “Throughout 18 incredible seasons, I had the chance to forge many relationships with teammates, coaches and staff that I will cherish forever. Those relationships made my playing career all the more memorable. With the support of my family, we’ve made the decision to embark on the next chapter. I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to have represented the NFL and so many great teams.”

Hasselbeck added:“The exceptional opportunity presented to me by ESPN accelerated my decision to retire from playing football,” said Hasselbeck. “I’m excited for the chance to give everything I have to this new endeavor and share the knowledge I have with our viewers.”

Hasselbeck played quarterback for the Green Bay Packers (1998-2000), Seahawks (2001-10), Tennessee Titans (2011-12) and Indianapolis Colts (2013-15). He threw for 36,638 yards, completing 60 percent of his passes with 212 touchdowns.

He was traded from Green Bay to Seattle in 2001 and led the Seahawks to six playoff appearances and a Super Bowl in 10 seasons.

He leads the Seahawks in most career passing categories, including attempts (4,250), completions (2,559) and yards (29,434).

Hasselbeck turned 40 in September.

On Wednesday the Seahawks posted a tribute video to Hasselbeck on their website and tweeted:

Hasselbeck became a respected leader in the locker room and was elected co-alternate player rep with the NFL Players Association. Since 2012, he has served as vice president on the executive committee and became involved in issues surrounding helmet safety and improvement on concussion care for athletes.

“He has worked tirelessly on behalf of players, specifically in the area of health and safety,” NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement.

“All players past, present and future should know that that they are better protected on and off the field because of Matt’s efforts. The NFL Players Association has been stronger with Matt as a part of its player leadership.”

Hasselbeck tweeted acknowledgements of his retirement Wednesday morning:

Notable: Drafted by the Packers in the sixth round (187th overall pick) in 1998. … Acquired by the Seahawks in a trade with the  Packers on March 2, 2001. The Seahawks received Hasselbeck and the Packers’ 2001 first-round pick (17th overall) for Seattle’s 2001 first-round pick (10th overall) and a 2001 third-round choice. … He leads the Seahawks in most career passing categories, including attempts (4,250), completions (2,559) and yards (29,434). … Was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and led the Seahawks to six playoff appearances (including five in a row from 2003-07), five NFC West titles and the first Super Bowl appearance in team history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.