List of most consecutive starts and games played by National Football League players

This is a list of the most consecutive starts and games played by a player by position in the NFL.[1][2]

Brett Favre's starts streak of 297 games is the longest all-time.[3][4] Among defensive players, Jim Marshall's starts streak of 270 is the longest all-time.[3] Of special note is punter Jeff Feagles, who played in 352 consecutive games which is the longest of all-time for a special teams player.[5] Special teams players are not credited with starts in the NFL.[1][6] In 2018, Ryan Kerrigan became the most recent player to surpass someone at his position for consecutive starts, having broken the previous mark for left outside linebackers previously held by Jason Gildon.[7][8]

Updated through 2018 season

Bold denotes an active streak

BrettFavre
Brett Favre, the all-time leader in consecutive starts by an NFL player.

Leader boards

Consecutive games started

All-time starts

Philip Rivers 2014
Philip Rivers, the most recent player to achieve 200 consecutive starts by an NFL player.

Minimum 200 consecutive regular season starts[1][2][9]

Rank Player Pos Period Teams Consecutive starts Playoffs Total References
1 Brett Favre QB 9/27/1992 – 12/5/2010 GB/NYJ/MIN 297 24 321 [10][11]
2 Jim Marshall DE 9/17/1961 – 12/16/1979 MIN 270 19 289 [12][13]
3 Mick Tingelhoff C 9/16/1962 – 12/17/1978 MIN 240 19 259 [14][15]
4 Bruce Matthews OL 11/29/1987 – 1/6/2002 OIL/TEN 229 15 244 [16][17]
5 Will Shields RG 9/12/1993 – 12/31/2006 KC 223 8 231 [18][19]
6T Alan Page DT 10/8/1967 – 12/20/1981 MIN/CHI 215 19 234 [20][21]
Ronde Barber DB 11/21/1999 – 12/30/2012 TB 215 9 224 [22][23]
London Fletcher LB 11/12/2000 – 12/29/2013 SLR/BUF/WAS 215 6 221 [24][25]
9T Jim Otto C 9/11/1960 – 12/14/1974 OAK 210 13 223 [26][27]
Eli Manning QB 11/24/2004 – 11/23/2017 NYG 210 12 222 [28][29]
11T Derrick Brooks LB 9/1/1996 – 12/28/2008 TB 208 11 219 [30][31]
Peyton Manning QB 9/6/1998 – 1/2/2011 IND 208 19 227 [32][33]
Philip Rivers QB 9/11/2006 – present SD/LAC 208 11 219 [34][35]
14 Gene Upshaw LG 9/10/1967 – 10/4/1981 OAK 207 24 231 [36][37]
15 Randall McDaniel LG 10/22/1989 – 1/6/2002 MIN/TB 202 16 218 [38][39]

Active leaders

Minimum 100 consecutive regular season starts[40]

Player Pos Teams Reg. season starts References
Philip Rivers QB SD/LAC 208 [34]
Brandon Carr CB KC/DAL/BAL 176 [41]
Glover Quin DB HOU/DET 148 [42]
Matt Ryan QB ATL 147 [43]
Ryan Kerrigan LB WAS 128 [7]
Patrick Peterson CB ARI 128 [44]
Matthew Stafford QB DET 128 [45]
Ndamukong Suh DT DET/MIA/LAR 115 [46]
Cameron Jordan DE NO 113 [47]
Mitchell Schwartz OT CLE/KC 112 [48]
Russell Wilson QB SEA 112 [49]

Consecutive games played

All-time games played

John Denney in 2011
John Denney, the active leader in consecutive games played by an NFL player.

Top 25 players for consecutive regular season games played[1][50][51]

Rank Player Pos Period Teams Consecutive games Playoffs Total References
1 Jeff Feagles P 9/4/1988 – 1/3/2010 NE/PHI/ARI/SEA/NYG 352 11 363 [6][52]
2 Brett Favre QB 9/13/1992 – 12/5/2010 GB/NYJ/MIN 299 24 323 [11][53][54]
3 Jim Marshall DE 9/25/1960 – 12/16/1979 CLE/MIN 282 19 301 [12][55]
4 London Fletcher LB 9/6/1998 – 12/29/2013 SLR/BUF/WAS 256 9 265 [24][25]
5 Shane Lechler P 9/29/2002 – 12/31/2017 OAK/HOU 254 10 264 [56][57]
6 Morten Andersen K 10/25/1987 – 12/15/2002 NO/ATL/NYG/KC 248 8 256 [58][59]
7 Chris Gardocki P 11/28/1991 – 12/31/2006 CHI/IND/CLE/PIT 244 14 258 [60][61]
8 Bill Romanowski LB 9/4/1988 – 9/22/2003 SF/PHI/DEN/OAK 243 28 271 [62][63]
9T Mick Tingelhoff C 9/16/1962 – 12/17/1978 MIN 240 19 259 [14][15]
Ryan Longwell K 9/1/1997 – 1/1/2012 GB/MIN 240 13 253 [64][65]
Ronde Barber DB 9/6/1998 – 12/30/2012 TB 240 9 249 [22][23]
12 Jason Witten TE 10/19/2003 – 12/31/2017 DAL 235 8 243 [66][67]
13T Jim Bakken K 11/25/1962 – 12/17/1978 SLC 234 2 236 [68][69]
Gary Anderson K 10/25/1987 – 1/7/2002 PIT/PHI/SF/MIN/TEN 234 17 251 [70][71]
15 Bruce Matthews OL 11/29/1987 – 1/6/2002 OIL/TEN 232 15 247 [16][72]
16 Jim Turner K 9/12/1964 – 12/17/1979 NYJ/DEN 228 8 236 [73][74]
17T George Blanda K/QB 9/11/1960 – 12/21/1975 OIL/OAK 224 18 242 [75][76]
John Hadl QB/P 9/7/1962 – 12/18/1977 SD/LAR/GB/OIL 224 4 228 [77][78]
Dan Stryzinski P 9/9/1990 – 12/28/2003 PIT/TB/ATL/KC/NYJ 224 4 228 [79][80]
Will Shields RG 9/5/1993 – 12/31/2006 KC 224 8 232 [18][81]
Derrick Brooks LB 9/3/1995 – 12/28/2008 TB 224 11 235 [30][82]
Kevin Carter DE/DT 9/3/1995 – 12/28/2008 SLR/TEN/MIA/TB 224 9 233 [83][84]
Ethan Albright LS 9/1/1996 – 1/3/2010 BUF/WAS 224 6 230 [85][86]
John Denney LS 9/11/2005 – present MIA 224 2 226 [87]
25T Lorenzo Neal FB 9/4/1994 – 12/9/2007 NO/NYJ/TB/CIN/SD 221 7 228 [88][89]
L.P. LaDouceur LS 10/2/2005 – present DAL 221 8 229 [90]

Consecutive starts by position

Offensive skilled

Jason Witten 2015
Jason Witten, the all-time leader in consecutive starts by an NFL tight end.
Position Player Period Teams Consecutive starts Playoffs Total References
Quarterback Brett Favre 9/27/1992 – 12/5/2010 GB/NYJ/MIN 297 24 321 [11][10]
Tight end Jason Witten 12/16/2006 – 12/31/2017 DAL 179 7 186 [66][67]
Wide receiver Tim Brown 12/14/1992 – 12/7/2003 RAI/OAK 176 9 185 [91][92]
Running back Walter Payton 12/7/1975 – 9/20/1987 CHI 170 8 178 [93][94]
Fullback Jim Brown 9/29/1957 – 12/19/1965 CLE 118 4 122 [95][96]

Offensive linemen

Dieken at 2012 Sports Awards (cropped)
Doug Dieken, the all-time leader in consecutive starts by an NFL offensive left tackle.
Position Player Period Teams Consecutive starts Playoffs Total References
Center Mick Tingelhoff 9/16/1962 – 12/17/1978 MIN 240 19 259 [14][15]
Right guard Will Shields 9/12/1993 – 12/31/2006 KC 223 8 231 [18][19]
Left guard Gene Upshaw 9/10/1967 – 10/4/1981 OAK 207 24 231 [36][37]
Left tackle Doug Dieken 11/21/1971 – 12/16/1984 CLE 194 4 198 [95][97]
Right tackle Jon Runyan 8/31/1997 – 12/28/2008 TEN/PHI 192 21 213 [98][99]

Defensive linemen

Jim Marshall DE (cropped)
Jim Marshall, the all-time leader in consecutive starts by an NFL defensive end.
Position Player Period Teams Consecutive starts Playoffs Total References
Defensive end Jim Marshall 9/17/1961 – 12/16/1979 MIN 270 19 289 [12][13]
Weakside defensive end Jim Marshall 9/16/1962 – 12/16/1979 MIN 256 19 275 [12][100]
Defensive tackle Alan Page 10/8/1967 – 12/20/1981 MIN/CHI 215 19 234 [20][21]
Weakside defensive tackle Alan Page 9/14/1968 – 12/20/1981 MIN/CHI 204 19 223 [20][101]
Strongside defensive tackle Merlin Olsen 12/9/1962 – 12/11/1976 LAR 198 9 207 [102][103][104][105][106][107]
Strongside defensive end Jack Youngblood 10/8/1972 – 12/2/1984 LAR 184 16 200 [108][109]
Nose tackle Fred Smerlas 9/7/1980 – 9/20/1987 BUF 107 3 110 [110][111]

Linebackers

Derrick Brooks with 2006 Pro Bowl MVP trophy 060210-N-4856G-129
Derrick Brooks, the all-time leader in consecutive starts by an NFL weakside linebacker.
Position Player Period Teams Consecutive starts Playoffs Total References
Linebacker London Fletcher 11/12/2000 – 12/29/2013 SLR/BUF/WAS 215 6 221 [24][25]
Weakside linebacker Derrick Brooks 9/1/1996 – 12/28/2008 TB 208 11 219 [30][31]
Middle linebacker Lee Roy Jordan 9/18/1966 – 12/12/1976 DAL 154 19 173 [112][113]
Right outside linebacker Robert Brazile 9/21/1975 – 12/16/1984 OIL 147 7 154 [25][114]
Strongside linebacker Bill Romanowski 9/4/1994 – 9/22/2003 PHI/DEN/OAK 140 14 154 [62][63]
Left outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan 9/11/2011 – present WAS 128 2 130 [7]
Left inside linebacker Levon Kirkland 11/27/1994 – 12/24/2000 PIT 107 9 116 [115][116]
Right inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons 12/5/2010 – 1/1/2017 PIT 101 10 111 [117][118]

Defensive backs

Ronde Barber
Ronde Barber, the all-time leader in consecutive starts by an NFL defensive back.
Position Player Period Teams Consecutive starts Playoffs Total References
Defensive back Ronde Barber 11/21/1999 – 12/30/2012 TB 215 9 224 [22][23]
Cornerback Ronde Barber 11/21/1999 – 9/9/2012 TB 200 9 209 [22][119]
Safety Willie Wood 9/17/1961 – 12/19/1971 GB 154 9 163 [120][121][122]
Strong Safety Bill Thompson 9/16/1973 – 12/20/1981 DEN 134 5 139 [123][124]
Free Safety Darryl Williams 10/11/1992 – 12/27/1998 CIN/SEA 108 0 108 [125][126]

Special teams

Ethan-Albright
Ethan Albright, shares the all-time lead in consecutive games played by an NFL long snapper.
Position Player Period Teams Consecutive games Playoffs Total References
Punter Jeff Feagles 9/4/1988 – 1/3/2010 NE/PHI/ARI/SEA/NYG 352 11 363 [6][52]
Kicker Morten Andersen 10/25/1987 – 12/15/2002 NO/ATL/NYG/KC 248 8 256 [58][59]
Long snapper Ethan Albright 9/1/1996 – 1/3/2010 BUF/WAS 224 6 230 [85][86]
Long snapper John Denney 9/11/2005 – present MIA 224 2 226 [87]
Kick/Punt returner Carl Roaches 9/7/1980 – 12/16/1984 OIL 73 1 74 [127][128]

Note: Games played by special teams players such as kickers and punters are not recognized officially as starts by the NFL.[1][6][58]

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Bruce Matthews (American football)

Bruce Rankin Matthews (born August 8, 1961) is a former American football offensive lineman who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 19 seasons, from 1983 to 2001. He spent his entire career playing for the Houston / Tennessee Oilers / Titans franchise. Highly versatile, throughout his NFL career he played every position on the offensive line, starting in 99 games as a left guard, 87 as a center, 67 as a right guard, 22 as a right tackle, 17 as a left tackle, and was the snapper on field goals, PATs, and punts. Having never missed a game due to injury, his 293 NFL games started is the second most of all time.

Matthews played college football for the University of Southern California, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American for the USC Trojans football team as a senior. He was selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Oilers. He was a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, tied for the most in NFL history, and a nine-time first-team All-Pro. Matthews was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007, and his number 74 jersey is retired by the Titans; he is the only member of the team to have his number retired having played for the Titans.

After retiring as a player, Matthews served as an assistant coach for the Houston Texans and Titans. A member of the Matthews family of football players, he is the brother of linebacker Clay Matthews Jr.; father of center Kevin Matthews and tackle Jake Matthews; and uncle of linebacker Clay Matthews III and linebacker Casey Matthews.

Chris Gardocki

Christopher Allen Gardocki (born February 7, 1970) is a former punter in the National Football League. Gardocki played for the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers from 1991 to 2006. He was a member of the Steelers Super Bowl XL championship team, beating the Seattle Seahawks.

Dan Stryzinski

Daniel Thomas Stryzinski (born May 15, 1965) is a former American football punter who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League. He played in Super Bowl XXXIII as a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

Originally from Vincennes, Indiana, Stryzinski has called Atlanta his home for the last 15 years. Stryzinski has a Finance and Management degree from Indiana University. After college, Stryzinski pursued his dream of playing football in the NFL and after 14 years (6 with the Atlanta Falcons) he retired. With retirement came the time and ability to pursue another passion of his, cars, and he has been in the automotive business for years now. Stryzinski is married with three children and enjoys riding his motorcycle, golfing, tennis, and deer hunting.

Gary Anderson (placekicker)

Gary Allan Anderson (born July 16, 1959) is a former National Football League (NFL) placekicker. The first South African to appear in an NFL regular season game, Anderson played in the league for 23 seasons with six teams. He spent the majority of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is also known for his tenure with the Minnesota Vikings. A four-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro, Anderson set several records during his two decades in the league and was named to the NFL's All-Decade teams of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as the Steelers All-Time Team.

As a member of the Vikings in 1998, Anderson became the first NFL kicker to successfully convert every field goal and point after touchdown during regular season play. During the postseason, however, he missed a critical field goal in the 1998 NFC Championship Game, which is regarded as a primary factor in the Vikings' subsequent defeat. Anderson continued to play in the NFL for six more seasons before retiring. At the time of his retirement, Anderson held the NFL records for points scored and field goals made. He ranks second in games played (353), third in points scored (2,434), and third in field goals made (538) and is also the Steelers' all-time leading scorer at 1,343.

Iron man (sports streak)

An Iron man is an athlete of unusual physical endurance. This durability is generally measured by an athlete's ability to play without missing a game and/or start for an extended period of time, sometimes, even for an entire career. Some of the more notable athletes with significant streaks in sports history includes baseball's Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken Jr., American football's Brett Favre and Joe Thomas, basketball's A. C. Green, ice hockey's Doug Jarvis, and stock car racing's Jeff Gordon.

Jack Youngblood

Herbert Jackson Youngblood III (born January 26, 1950) is an American former college and professional football player who was a defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons during the 1970s and 1980s. He was a five-time consensus All-Pro and a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Before playing professionally, Youngblood played college football for the University of Florida, and was recognized as an All-American. He is considered among the best players Florida ever produced—a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and one of only six Florida Gators to be named to the Gator Football Ring of Honor.

After retiring as a player in 1985, Youngblood worked in the Rams' front office until 1991. He also worked in the front office of the Sacramento Surge of the World League (WLAF) from 1992 to 1993, and the administration of the Canadian Football League's Sacramento Gold Miners from 1993 to 1994. He was a vice-president, then president, of the Orlando Predators from 1995 until 1999. From 1999 through 2002, he served as the NFL's liaison for the Arena Football League.Youngblood has made forays into broadcasting (both radio and television), acting, and business, and has written an autobiography. He was a popular spokesperson for various products, and he has been consistently involved in charity work, starting in college, continuing throughout his NFL career, and remaining so today. Currently, Youngblood serves on the NFLPA Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee.In 2014, Youngblood opened the Jack Youngblood Center for NeuroEnhancement in Orlando, Florida, which purports to treat the symptoms of traumatic brain injury and offer care to patients in effort to restore normal brain function. Youngblood has stated, "The bonus with this therapy is that the time invested is minimal, while the results are extraordinary."

Jim Bakken

James LeRoy Bakken (born November 2, 1940) is a former American football punter and placekicker for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection, and was named by the voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to the Professional Football 1960s All Decade Team, which included both NFL and American Football League players. The voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame also selected Bakken to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team

In 1967, Bakken set the record for most field goals in a game with 7 (out of 9 attempts, also a record). The single-game record for field goals was later tied by Rich Karlis in 1989, Chris Boniol in 1996, and Billy Cundiff in 2003 before Rob Bironas broke it with 8 in a game in 2007.

Before his NFL career, Bakken played football at Madison West High School in Madison, Wisconsin. He went on to play three seasons at the University of Wisconsin, where he played on the 1960 Rose Bowl team as a sophomore and led the Big Ten in punting average in 1960 and 1961. He was named to the Madison (Wisconsin) Sports Hall of Fame in 1984, and was later inducted into the UW Athletic Department-National W Club Hall of Fame. In December 2010, the annual trophy for the Big Ten's best kicker, the "Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year" award, was co-named in his honor.

Jim Turner (placekicker)

James Bayard Turner (born March 28, 1941) is a former American football player. A quarterback and placekicker, he played college football for Utah State University and was signed as a free agent in 1964 by the American Football League's New York Jets head coach Weeb Ewbank. "Tank" kicked a then record 145 points in the 1968 regular season, with a professional football record 34 field goals. Turner kicked for nine points in the AFL Championship game win over the Oakland Raiders, and ten points in the Jets's 16-7 defeat of the Baltimore Colts in the Third World Championship of Professional Football, Super Bowl III.The last of Turner's three field goals in Super Bowl III was for 9 yards, the shortest in Super Bowl history. At that time, the goal posts were located at the front of the end zones. They have since been moved to the back, so it's no longer possible to kick a field goal from this short a distance. Mike Clark of the Dallas Cowboys tied Turner's record for the shortest Super Bowl field goal in Super Bowl VI.In the locker room after the game, on national television (NBC-TV), Turner shouted "Welcome to the AFL !"

Following the AFL-NFL merger, Turner also played with the Denver Broncos for another nine seasons and kicked four points in a losing effort in Super Bowl XII against the Dallas Cowboys, connecting on a 47-yard field goal and an extra point following a 5-yard touchdown run by Rob Lytle. He was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 1988.Turner finished his career with 304 of 488 (62%) field goals and 521 of 534 extra points, giving him 1,439 total points.

John Hadl

John Willard Hadl (born February 15, 1940) is a former American football player, a quarterback in the American Football League and National Football League for sixteen seasons, with the San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, and Houston Oilers. He was an AFL All-Star four times and was selected to two Pro Bowls. Hadl played Collegiately at the University of Kansas, and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

Kevin Carter (American football)

Kevin Louis Carter (born September 21, 1973) was an American former college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons in the 1990s and 2000s. Carter played college football for the University of Florida, and received All-American honors. A first-round pick in the 1995 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.

List of most consecutive games with touchdown passes in the National Football League

Following is the list of players to achieve the longest consecutive streaks of throwing touchdown passes in consecutive games in the National Football League.Updated through 2018 season

List of most consecutive starts by a National Football League quarterback

In the history of the National Football League, there have been twelve starts streaks of at least 100 consecutive games by eleven different quarterbacks, with four of those with a regular season streak of at least 200 games.Brett Favre has held the record since November 7, 1999 when he made his 117th consecutive start against the Chicago Bears. His consecutive starts streak is also the longest all-time for a non-special teams player. On December 5, 2010, playing for the Minnesota Vikings against the Buffalo Bills, Favre was knocked out of the game on the first drive with a sprained SC joint injury to his right shoulder, caused by a hit from linebacker Arthur Moats. After a snowstorm delayed the following Sunday's game against the New York Giants to Monday, December 13, Favre was ruled inactive, ending his streak at a record 297 games (321 including playoffs).Below is a list of the top 25 quarterbacks to achieve the longest consecutive regular season starts at their position.

Philip Rivers

Philip Michael Rivers (born December 8, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Carolina State. He was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft with the fourth overall pick by the New York Giants, who traded him to the Chargers for their first overall pick, quarterback Eli Manning. Rivers has been selected to the Pro Bowl eight times, and was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2013.

Rivers began his career backing up starting quarterback Drew Brees in his first two seasons. After Brees was traded to the New Orleans Saints following the 2005 season, Rivers led the Chargers to a 14–2 record in 2006, his first season as a starter. In 2007, he helped the Chargers win their first playoff game since 1994 after beating the Tennessee Titans in the wildcard round of the 2007 playoffs and eventually leading them to the AFC Championship Game. Rivers' career passer rating of 96.0 is eighth-best all-time among NFL quarterbacks with at least 1,500 passing attempts. He is tied for third all-time in consecutive starts by a quarterback in NFL history, and is currently the leader among active quarterbacks.

Ryan Longwell

Ryan Walker Longwell (born August 16, 1974), is a retired American football kicker. After playing college football for the California Golden Bears, he started his professional football career with the San Francisco 49ers, but never played a game for the franchise. He then played for the Green Bay Packers from 1997 to 2005. He played for the Minnesota Vikings from 2006 to 2011. He also played briefly for the Seattle Seahawks during the 2012 playoffs.

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