List of most consecutive starts by a National Football League quarterback

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

All-time consecutive starts streaks[edit]

Top 25 ranked by consecutive regular season starts, updated through 2019 season, week 2

Bold denotes an active streak.

Rank Quarterback Streak start Streak end Teams Regular
season
Playoffs Total References
1 Brett Favre 9/27/1992 12/5/2010 GB/NYJ/MIN 297 24 321 [6][7][8]
2T Eli Manning 11/21/2004 11/23/2017 NYG 210 12 222 [9][10]
Philip Rivers 9/11/2006 Active SD/LAC 210 11 221 [11]
4 Peyton Manning 9/6/1998 1/2/2011 IND 208 19 227 [6][12][13]
5 Matt Ryan 12/20/2009 Active ATL 149 9 158 [14]
6 Matthew Stafford 9/11/2011 Active DET 130 3 133 [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]
9 Russell Wilson 9/09/2012 Active SEA 114 13 127 [21]
10 Tom Brady 9/14/2009 1/3/2016 NE 112 14 126 [22][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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 12TH
  2. ^ Path to 200
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  34. ^ "Jim Everett – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  35. ^ "Richard Todd – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  36. ^ "Aaron Brooks – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  37. ^ "Drew Brees – Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  38. ^ "Drew Brees will not play for Saints vs. Panthers". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-09-26.
  39. ^ "Trent Green – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  40. ^ "Drew Brees – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  41. ^ "Andy Dalton – Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  42. ^ "Ryan Tannehill - Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-09-26.
  43. ^ "Steve Grogan – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  44. ^ "Blake Bortles – Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved 2018-11-20.