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][10] with only two of those with a regular season streak of at least 200 games.[11][12] Tom Brady is the only quarterback to have two separate streaks of at least 100 consecutive regular season games.[10]

Brett Favre has held the record since November 7, 1999 when he made his 117th consecutive start against the Chicago Bears.[13] His consecutive starts streak is also the longest all-time for a non-special teams player.[14] 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).[15][16]

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 2015 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 [16][17][18]
2 Peyton Manning 9/6/1998 1/2/2011 Indianapolis 208 19 227 [16][19][20]
3 Eli Manning 11/21/2004 Active NY Giants 183 11 194 [16][21]
4 Philip Rivers 9/11/2006 Active San Diego 160 9 169 [22]
5 Joe Flacco 9/7/2008 11/22/2015 Baltimore 122 15 137 [23][24]
6 Ron Jaworski 9/18/1977 11/25/1984 Philadelphia 116 7 123 [16][25][26][27]
7 Tom Brady 9/14/2009 Active New England 112 14 126 [28]
8 Tom Brady 9/30/2001 9/7/2008 New England 111 17 128 [16][29][30][31]
9 Joe Ferguson 9/18/1977 9/23/1984 Buffalo 107 3 110 [16][32][33]
10 Matt Ryan 12/20/2009 Active Atlanta 99 4 103 [34]
11 Dan Marino 10/25/1987 10/10/1993 Miami 95 4 99 [16][35][36]
12 Roman Gabriel 11/28/1965 9/17/1972 LA Rams 89 2 91 [16][37]
13 Johnny Unitas 9/27/1959 11/7/1965 Baltimore 88 3 91 [16][38][39]
14 Jim Everett 9/4/1988 10/23/1993 LA Rams 87 4 91 [16][40]
15 Richard Todd 9/9/1979 12/2/1984 NY Jets
New Orleans
86 4 90 [41]
16 Aaron Brooks 11/26/2000 12/12/2005 New Orleans 82 2 84 [42]
17 Trent Green 9/9/2001 9/10/2006 Kansas City 81 1 82 [43]
18 Drew Brees 1/16/2010 9/20/2015 New Orleans 82 8 90 [44][45]
19 Matthew Stafford 9/11/2011 Active Detroit 80 2 82 [46]
20 Drew Brees 1/8/2005 12/27/2009 San Diego
New Orleans
79 3 82 [47]
21 Andy Dalton 9/11/2011 12/13/2015 Cincinnati 77 4 81 [48]
22 Steve Grogan 11/23/1975 11/16/1980 New England 76 2 78 [49]
23T Fran Tarkenton 12/11/1966 12/12/1971 Minnesota
NY Giants
71 0 71 [50]
23T Joe Theismann 12/7/1980 11/18/1985 Washington 71 8 79 [51]
23T Rich Gannon 9/12/1999 10/20/2003 Oakland 71 7 78 [52]
Other active streaks (minimum 50 consecutive starts)
Quarterback Streak start Streak end Teams Regular
season
Playoffs Total Ref.
Russell Wilson 9/09/2012 Active Seattle 64 10 74 [53]
Ryan Tannehill 9/09/2012 Active Miami 64 0 64 [54]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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