List of most consecutive starts by a National Football League quarterback

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This is a list of the most consecutive starts by a quarterback in the National Football League. Nine quarterbacks in NFL history have achieved 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.[13]

Brett Favre has held the record since November 7, 1999 when he made his 117th consecutive start against the Chicago Bears.[14] His consecutive starts streak is also the longest all-time for a non-special teams player.[15] 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).[16][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, as of Week 2, 2016

Sort based on consecutive regular season starts

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 GNB, NYJ, MIN 297 24 321 [17][18][19]
2 Peyton Manning 9/6/1998 1/2/2011 IND 208 19 227 [17][20][21]
3 Eli Manning 11/21/2004 Active NYG 185 11 196 [17][22]
4 Philip Rivers 9/11/2006 Active SDG 162 9 171 [23]
5 Joe Flacco 9/7/2008 11/22/2015 BAL 122 15 137 [24][25]
6 Ron Jaworski 9/18/1977 11/25/1984 PHI 116 7 123 [17][26][27][28]
7 Tom Brady 9/14/2009 1/3/2016 NE 112 14 126 [13][29]
8 Tom Brady 9/30/2001 9/7/2008 NE 111 17 128 [17][30][31][32]
9 Joe Ferguson 9/18/1977 9/23/1984 BUF 107 3 110 [17][33][34]
10 Matt Ryan 12/20/2009 Active ATL 101 4 105 [35]
11 Dan Marino 10/25/1987 10/10/1993 MIA 95 4 99 [17][36][37]
12 Roman Gabriel 11/28/1965 9/17/1972 RAM 89 2 91 [17][38]
13 Johnny Unitas 9/27/1959 11/7/1965 BAL 88 3 91 [17][39][40]
14 Jim Everett 9/4/1988 10/23/1993 RAM 87 4 91 [17][41]
15 Richard Todd 9/9/1979 12/2/1984 NYJ, NOR 86 4 90 [42]
16T Aaron Brooks 11/26/2000 12/12/2005 NOR 82 2 84 [43]
16T Drew Brees 1/16/2010 9/20/2015 NOR 82 8 90 [44][45]
16T Matthew Stafford 9/11/2011 Active DET 82 2 84 [46]
19 Trent Green 9/9/2001 9/10/2006 KC 81 1 82 [47]
20 Drew Brees 1/8/2005 12/27/2009 SDG, NOR 79 3 82 [48]
21 Andy Dalton 9/11/2011 12/13/2015 CIN 77 4 81 [49]
22 Steve Grogan 11/23/1975 11/16/1980 NE 76 2 78 [50]
23T Fran Tarkenton 12/11/1966 12/12/1971 MIN, NYG 71 0 71 [51]
23T Joe Theismann 12/7/1980 11/18/1985 WAS 71 8 79 [52]
23T Rich Gannon 9/12/1999 10/20/2003 OAK 71 7 78 [53]
Other active streaks (minimum 50 consecutive starts)
Quarterback Streak start Streak end Teams Regular
season
Playoffs Total Ref.
Russell Wilson 9/09/2012 Active SEA 66 10 76 [54]
Ryan Tannehill 9/09/2012 Active MIA 66 0 66 [55]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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