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[1] of at least 100 consecutive games by eleven different quarterbacks, with four of those with a regular season streak of at least 200 games.[2]

Brett Favre has held the record since November 7, 1999 when he made his 117th consecutive start against the Chicago Bears.[3] His consecutive starts streak is also the longest all-time for a non-special teams player.[4] 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).[5][6]

Below is a list of the top 25 quarterbacks to achieve the longest consecutive regular season starts at their position.

Brett Favre holds the record for most consecutive starts by a quarterback.

All-time consecutive starts streaks

Top 25 ranked by consecutive regular season starts, updated through 2018 season

Bold denotes an active streak.

Rank Quarterback Streak start Streak end Teams Regular
Playoffs Total References
1 Brett Favre 9/27/1992 12/5/2010 GB/NYJ/MIN 297 24 321 [6][7][8]
2 Eli Manning 11/21/2004 11/23/2017 NYG 210 12 222 [9][10]
3T Peyton Manning 9/6/1998 1/2/2011 IND 208 19 227 [6][11][12]
Philip Rivers 9/11/2006 Active SD/LAC 208 11 219 [13]
5 Matt Ryan 12/20/2009 Active ATL 147 9 156 [14]
6 Matthew Stafford 9/11/2011 Active DET 128 3 131 [15]
7 Joe Flacco 9/7/2008 11/22/2015 BAL 122 15 137 [16][17]
8 Ron Jaworski 9/18/1977 11/25/1984 PHI 116 7 123 [6][18][19][20]
9T Tom Brady 9/14/2009 1/3/2016 NE 112 14 126 [21][22]
Russell Wilson 9/09/2012 Active SEA 112 13 125 [23]
11 Tom Brady 9/30/2001 9/7/2008 NE 111 17 128 [6][24][25][26]
12 Joe Ferguson 9/18/1977 9/23/1984 BUF 107 3 110 [6][27][28]
13 Dan Marino 10/25/1987 10/10/1993 MIA 95 4 99 [6][29][30]
14 Roman Gabriel 11/28/1965 9/17/1972 LAR 89 2 91 [6][31]
15 Johnny Unitas 9/27/1959 11/7/1965 BAL 88 3 91 [6][32][33]
16 Jim Everett 9/4/1988 10/23/1993 LAR 87 4 91 [6][34]
17 Richard Todd 9/9/1979 12/2/1984 NYJ/NO 86 4 90 [35]
18T Aaron Brooks 11/26/2000 12/12/2005 NO 82 2 84 [36]
Drew Brees 1/16/2010 9/20/2015 NO 82 8 90 [37][38]
20 Trent Green 9/9/2001 9/10/2006 KC 81 1 82 [39]
21 Drew Brees 1/8/2005 12/27/2009 SD/NO 79 3 82 [40]
22T Andy Dalton 9/11/2011 12/13/2015 CIN 77 4 81 [41]
Ryan Tannehill 9/09/2012 12/11/2016 MIA 77 0 77 [42]
24 Steve Grogan 11/23/1975 11/16/1980 NE 76 2 78 [43]
25 Blake Bortles 9/28/2014 11/25/2018 JAX 72 3 75 [44]

See also


  1. ^ 12TH
  2. ^ Path to 200
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  4. ^ "Vikings QB Favre 'grateful' after his NFL-record 271st start in a row". Retrieved 2009-09-21.
  5. ^ "Brett Favre unable to start vs. Giants"
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Colts’ Manning consecutive starts streak over, ranks second on QB all-time list
  7. ^ "Brett Favre – Game Logs". Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  8. ^ "Favre's consecutive start streak comes to an end at 297". Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  9. ^ Raanan, Jordan (Nov 28, 2017). "Giants going with QB Geno Smith over Eli Manning, ending streak".
  10. ^ "Eli Manning – Profile". Retrieved 2009-09-14.
  11. ^ "Peyton Manning – Game logs". Retrieved 2011-09-07.
  12. ^ "Streak ends: Colts' Manning ruled out Sunday; Collins to start". Retrieved 2011-09-07.
  13. ^ "Philip Rivers – Profile". Retrieved 2009-09-21.
  14. ^ "Matt Ryan – Profile". Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  15. ^ "Matthew Stafford – Profile". Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  16. ^ "Joe Flacco – Profile". Retrieved 2011-09-20.
  17. ^ Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to have surgery on injured knee
  18. ^ "Ron Jaworski – Game Logs". Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  19. ^ "Ron Jaworski – Bio". Sports Stars USA. Archived from the original on 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  20. ^ "Philadelphia Eagles All-Time History 1984". Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  21. ^ "Tom Brady's 112-game start streak will come to an end". Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  22. ^ "Tom Brady - Game Logs 2015". Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  23. ^ "Russell Wilson - Profile". Retrieved 2015-09-26.
  24. ^ "Tom Brady - Game Logs 2008". Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  25. ^ "Patriots win, but Brady's injury overshadows game". Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  26. ^ "Brady's season over after injuring knee vs. Chiefs". Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  27. ^ "Joe Ferguson – Game Logs". Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  28. ^ "The Month of September in Bills History". Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  29. ^ "Dan Marino – Game Logs". Retrieved 2010-10-21.
  30. ^ "Dolphins Individual Records – Service". Retrieved 2010-10-21.
  31. ^ "Roman Gabriel – Game Logs". Retrieved 2010-10-21.
  32. ^ "Johnny Unitas Statistics". Archived from the original on 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
  33. ^ "Last game Unitas did not start prior to beginning of starts streak". 49ers Game Books 1958. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  34. ^ "Jim Everett – Game Logs". Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  35. ^ "Richard Todd – Game Logs". Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  36. ^ "Aaron Brooks – Game Logs". Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  37. ^ "Drew Brees – Profile". Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  38. ^ "Drew Brees will not play for Saints vs. Panthers". Retrieved 2015-09-26.
  39. ^ "Trent Green – Game Logs". Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  40. ^ "Drew Brees – Game Logs". Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  41. ^ "Andy Dalton – Profile". Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  42. ^ "Ryan Tannehill - Profile". Retrieved 2015-09-26.
  43. ^ "Steve Grogan – Game Logs". Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  44. ^ "Blake Bortles – Profile". Retrieved 2018-11-20.
Aaron Brooks (American football)

Aaron Lafette Brooks (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia.

Brooks played for the New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders. Brooks retired in 2007 as the Saints' franchise leader in season and career touchdown passes, though both records have since been broken by Drew Brees.

Fran Tarkenton

Francis Asbury Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is a former National Football League (NFL) quarterback, television personality, and computer software executive. He played in the NFL for 18 seasons and spent the majority of his career with the Minnesota Vikings.

Tarkenton's tenure with the Vikings spanned thirteen non-consecutive seasons, playing with the team for six seasons from 1961 to 1966, then for seven seasons from 1972 to 1978. In between his years in Minnesota, Tarkenton was a member of the New York Giants for five seasons. At the time of his retirement, Tarkenton owned every major quarterback record. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

In addition to his football career, Tarkenton served as a commentator on Monday Night Football and a co-host of That's Incredible!. He also founded Tarkenton Software, a computer-program generator company, and he toured the U.S. promoting CASE (computer-aided software engineering) with Albert F. Case Jr. of Nastec Corporation. Tarkenton Software later merged with KnowledgeWare (with Tarkenton as president), until selling the company to Sterling Software in 1994.

Jim Everett

James Samuel Everett III (born January 3, 1963) is a former professional American football quarterback who played for twelve seasons in the National Football League (NFL).

Everett attended Purdue University and was selected as the third pick in the first round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, as the first quarterback taken that year. Unable to work out a contract agreement with Everett, the Oilers traded his rights to the Los Angeles Rams, with whom Everett played from 1986 to 1993. He then played with the New Orleans Saints from 1994 to 1996 and ended his career with a stint with the San Diego Chargers in 1997.

Johnny Unitas

John Constantine Unitas (; May 7, 1933 – September 11, 2002), nicknamed "Johnny U" and "The Golden Arm", was an American football player in the National Football League (NFL). He spent the majority of his career playing for the Baltimore Colts. He was a record-setting quarterback, and the NFL's most valuable player in 1959, 1964, and 1967. For 52 years he held the record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (set between 1956 and 1960), until broken in 2012 by Drew Brees. Unitas was the prototype of the modern era marquee quarterback, with a strong passing game, media fanfare, and widespread popularity. He has been consistently listed as one of the greatest NFL players of all time.

List of National Football League career quarterback wins leaders

The following is a list of the top National Football League (NFL) quarterbacks in wins. In the NFL, the quarterback is the only position that is credited with records of wins and losses.

Active quarterback Tom Brady holds the records for most wins with 237, most regular season wins with 207, and most postseason wins with 30, as of the Super Bowl round of the 2018 playoffs. Having played his entire career with the New England Patriots, each of Brady's win records also apply to wins with a single team.

Among retired players, the record for most wins is held by Peyton Manning with 200. In his final professional game, Manning set the then-record for wins, surpassing Brett Favre who retired with 199 wins. Other previous record-holders include John Elway (162), Fran Tarkenton (130), and Johnny Unitas (124). Otto Graham holds the record for the highest winning percentage with a minimum of 35 wins at .788 (61 wins to 16 losses).

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 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.Brett Favre's starts streak of 297 games is the longest all-time. Among defensive players, Jim Marshall's starts streak of 270 is the longest all-time. 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. Special teams players are not credited with starts in the NFL. 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.Updated through 2018 season

Bold denotes an active streak

List of starting quarterbacks in the National Football League

In American football, the starting quarterback is typically viewed as the leader of a team. The quarterback is considered the most important position on the field and among the most important positions in team sports. They are among the most high-profile athletes in the world, and have been described as "akin to A-list celebrities". The success of a National Football League (NFL) franchise often rests on the quarterback; thus, teams will go to great lengths to find a "franchise quarterback" to build around for the long term.

National Football League records

National Football League records are the superlative statistics of the National Football League.

NFL records may refer to:

List of National Football League records (individual), a list of all-time records for individual NFL players

List of National Football League records (team), a list of all-time records for teams and franchises

NFL playoff records (team), a list of records in the NFL playoffs

List of Super Bowl records, a list of records set by teams and players in Super Bowl games

NFL Pro Bowl records, a list of records set in the Pro BowlRecords may also refer to longest NFL streaks:

Most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (NFL)

Most consecutive starts (NFL)

List of most consecutive starts by a National Football League quarterback

List of NFL franchise post-season droughts

List of NFL franchise post-season streaksRecords may also refer to lists of career-high high statistics by individual players:

List of NFL players by games played

Most wins by a starting quarterback (NFL)

List of National Football League passing yardage leaders

List of National Football League passing completions leaders

List of National Football League passing touchdowns leaders

List of National Football League rushing yards leaders

2000 rushing yards club

List of National Football League receiving yards leaders

List of National Football League receiving touchdowns leaders

List of National Football League all-purpose yards leaders

List of National Football League rushing touchdowns leaders

List of National Football League players with 100 career sacks

List of National Football League players with at least forty career interceptions

Peyton Manning

Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Indianapolis Colts. Considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time due to his numerous career achievements, he spent 14 seasons with the Colts and was a member of the Denver Broncos in his last four seasons. Manning played college football for the University of Tennessee, leading the Tennessee Volunteers to the 1997 SEC Championship in his senior season. He is the second son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and older brother of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

Manning was selected by the Colts as the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. From 1998 to 2010, he improved the fortunes of the struggling Colts franchise and helped transform them into consistent playoff contenders. During his tenure as starting quarterback, Manning led the team to eight division championships, two AFC championships, and one Super Bowl title, the franchise's first in over three decades, as well as their first since relocating to Indianapolis.

After undergoing neck surgery that forced him to miss the entire 2011 season, Manning was released by the Colts and signed with the Broncos. Serving as the team's starting quarterback from 2012 to 2015, he contributed to the Broncos reaching the top of their division each year and his playing career concluded with a victory in Super Bowl 50.

Manning holds many NFL records, including touchdown passes (539), AP MVP awards (5), Pro Bowl appearances (14), 4,000-yard passing seasons (14), single-season passing yards (5,477 in 2013), single-season passing touchdowns (55 in 2013), tied for most First-Team All Pros for a quarterback with 7, and is second in career passing yards (71,940). A two-time Super Bowl winner and the most valuable player of Super Bowl XLI, Manning is also the only quarterback to start the Super Bowl for two franchises more than once each, with different coaches at each Super Bowl start (Dungy, Caldwell, Fox, Kubiak), and the only starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two franchises. At 39 years of age, Manning was the oldest quarterback to start in and win a Super Bowl until Tom Brady surpassed him by winning a Super Bowl at 41.During a 2009 Monday Night Football game, Manning received the nickname "The Sheriff" from color commentator Jon Gruden due to his tendency to audible prior to the snap, and he was one of the most recognizable and parodied players in the NFL. Teams led by Manning typically utilized the hurry-up offense in place of the standard huddle.

Richard Todd (American football)

Richard Todd (born November 19, 1953) is a former professional American football quarterback for the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints from 1976 to 1985. Todd, like former Jets quarterback Joe Namath and Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, played for the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

Roman Gabriel

Roman Ildonzo Gabriel Jr. (born August 5, 1940) is a former American football player. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) as a quarterback and is considered by many fans to have been one of the best players at that position during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was the second overall pick in the 1962 NFL Draft and played for the Los Angeles Rams for eleven seasons, then five seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is notable for being the first NFL quarterback of Filipino-American descent.

National Football League records and leaders
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