List of most consecutive starts by a National Football League quarterback

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In the history of the National Football League, there have been eleven starts streaks of at least 100 consecutive games by ten different quarterbacks, with three of those with a regular season streak of at least 200 games.[1][2][3]

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

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 2017 season

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 [7][8][9]
2 Eli Manning 11/21/2004 11/23/2017 NYG 210 12 222 [10][11]
3 Peyton Manning 9/6/1998 1/2/2011 IND 208 19 227 [7][12][13]
4 Philip Rivers 9/11/2006 Active SD/LAC 192 9 201 [14]
5 Matt Ryan 12/20/2009 Active ATL 131 9 140 [15]
6 Joe Flacco 9/7/2008 11/22/2015 BAL 122 15 137 [16][17]
7 Ron Jaworski 9/18/1977 11/25/1984 PHI 116 7 123 [7][18][19][20]
8T Tom Brady 9/14/2009 1/3/2016 NE 112 14 126 [21][22]
8T Matthew Stafford 9/11/2011 Active DET 112 3 115 [23]
10 Tom Brady 9/30/2001 9/7/2008 NE 111 17 128 [7][24][25][26]
11 Joe Ferguson 9/18/1977 9/23/1984 BUF 107 3 110 [7][27][28]
12 Russell Wilson 9/09/2012 Active SEA 96 12 108 [29]
13 Dan Marino 10/25/1987 10/10/1993 MIA 95 4 99 [7][30][31]
14 Roman Gabriel 11/28/1965 9/17/1972 LAR 89 2 91 [7][32]
15 Johnny Unitas 9/27/1959 11/7/1965 BAL 88 3 91 [7][33][34]
16 Jim Everett 9/4/1988 10/23/1993 LAR 87 4 91 [7][35]
17 Richard Todd 9/9/1979 12/2/1984 NYJ/NO 86 4 90 [36]
18T Aaron Brooks 11/26/2000 12/12/2005 NO 82 2 84 [37]
18T Drew Brees 1/16/2010 9/20/2015 NO 82 8 90 [38][39]
20 Trent Green 9/9/2001 9/10/2006 KC 81 1 82 [40]
21 Drew Brees 1/8/2005 12/27/2009 SD/NO 79 3 82 [41]
22T Andy Dalton 9/11/2011 12/13/2015 CIN 77 4 81 [42]
22T Ryan Tannehill 9/09/2012 12/11/2016 MIA 77 0 77 [43]
24 Steve Grogan 11/23/1975 11/16/1980 NE 76 2 78 [44]
25T Fran Tarkenton 12/11/1966 12/12/1971 MIN/NYG 71 0 71 [45]
25T Joe Theismann 12/7/1980 11/18/1985 WAS 71 8 79 [46]
25T Rich Gannon 9/12/1999 10/20/2003 OAK 71 7 78 [47]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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