List of most consecutive starts by a National Football League quarterback

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Brett Favre is the all-time leader in consecutive starts by an NFL quarterback, spanning 19 total seasons of pro football.

This is a list of the most consecutive starts by a quarterback in the NFL. Only eight quarterbacks in NFL history have been able to achieve regular season streaks of at least 100 games,[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] with only two of those with a regular season streak of at least 200 games.[10][11]

Brett Favre has held the record since November 7, 1999 when he made his 117th consecutive start against the Chicago Bears.[12] His consecutive starts streak is also the longest all-time for a non-special teams player.[13] On December 5, 2010 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).[14][15]

Of special note, Peyton Manning's consecutive starts streak is the longest of all-time to begin a career.[16] Also worthy of recognition is Dan Marino, who started 145 consecutive non-strike games from 1984-1993 (154 including playoffs), but due to a player strike in October 1987 where replacement players were used and Marino opted not to participate, this streak is not officially recognized.[17]

Following is the list of quarterbacks to achieve the longest consecutive regular season starts at the quarterback position.

All-time consecutive starts streaks[edit]

Top 25 quarterbacks consecutive starts; updated through the 2014 season in progress; week 9 NFL season

Bold denotes an active streak

Rank Quarterback Streak start Streak end Teams Regular
season
Playoffs Total Ref.
1 Brett Favre 9/27/1992 12/5/2010 Green Bay;
NY Jets;
Minnesota
297 24 321 [18][19][15]
2 Peyton Manning 9/6/1998 1/2/2011 Indianapolis 208 19 227 [20][21][15]
3 Eli Manning 11/21/2004 Active NY Giants 160 11 171 [22][15]
4 Philip Rivers 9/11/2006 Active San Diego 137 9 146 [23]
5 Ron Jaworski 9/18/1977 11/25/1984 Philadelphia 116 7 123 [24][25][26][15]
6 Tom Brady 9/30/2001 9/7/2008 New England 111 17 128 [27][28][29][15]
7 Joe Ferguson 9/18/1977 9/23/1984 Buffalo 107 3 110 [30][31][15]
8 Joe Flacco 9/7/2008 Active Baltimore 106 13 119 [32]
9 Dan Marino 10/25/1987 10/10/1993 Miami 95 4 99 [33][34][15]
10T Roman Gabriel 11/28/1965 9/17/1972 LA Rams 89 2 91 [35][15]
10T Tom Brady 9/14/2009 Active New England 89 9 98 [36]
12 Johnny Unitas 9/27/1959 11/7/1965 Baltimore 88 3 91 [37][38][15]
13 Jim Everett 9/4/1988 10/23/1993 LA Rams 87 4 91 [39][15]
14 Richard Todd 9/9/1979 12/2/1984 NY Jets;
New Orleans
86 4 90 [40]
15 Aaron Brooks 11/26/2000 12/12/2005 New Orleans 82 2 84 [41]
16 Trent Green 9/9/2001 9/10/2006 Kansas City 81 1 82 [42]
17 Drew Brees 9/11/2005 12/27/2009 San Diego;
New Orleans
79 2 81 [43]
18T Steve Grogan 11/23/1975 11/16/1980 New England 76 2 78 [44]
18T Matt Ryan 12/20/2009 Active Atlanta 76 4 80 [45]
20 Drew Brees 9/9/2010 Active New Orleans 73 5 78 [46]
21T Fran Tarkenton 12/11/1966 12/12/1971 Minnesota;
NY Giants
71 0 71 [47]
21T Joe Theismann 12/7/1980 11/18/1985 Washington 71 8 79 [48]
21T Rich Gannon 9/12/1999 10/20/2003 Oakland 71 7 78 [49]
24T Brian Sipe 9/3/1978 12/12/1982 Cleveland 70 1 71 [50]
24T Trent Dilfer 9/3/1995 10/24/1999 Tampa Bay 70 2 72 [51]
24T Drew Bledsoe 9/8/2002 10/23/2006 Buffalo; Dallas 70 0 70 [52]
Other active streaks (minimum 50 consecutive starts)
Quarterback Streak start Streak end Teams Regular
season
Playoffs Total Ref.
Andy Dalton 9/11/2011 Active Cincinnati 57 3 60 [53]
Matthew Stafford 9/11/2011 Active Detroit 57 1 58 [54]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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