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, week 10

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]
2T Peyton Manning 9/6/1998 1/2/2011 IND 208 19 227 [7][10][11]
2T Eli Manning 11/21/2004 Active NYG 208 12 220 [12]
4 Philip Rivers 9/11/2006 Active SD/LAC 185 9 194 [13]
5 Matt Ryan 12/20/2009 Active ATL 124 7 131 [14]
6 Joe Flacco 9/7/2008 11/22/2015 BAL 122 15 137 [15][16]
7 Ron Jaworski 9/18/1977 11/25/1984 PHI 116 7 123 [7][17][18][19]
8 Tom Brady 9/14/2009 1/3/2016 NE 112 14 126 [20][21]
9 Tom Brady 9/30/2001 9/7/2008 NE 111 17 128 [7][22][23][24]
10 Joe Ferguson 9/18/1977 9/23/1984 BUF 107 3 110 [7][25][26]
11 Matthew Stafford 9/11/2011 Active DET 105 3 108 [27]
12 Dan Marino 10/25/1987 10/10/1993 MIA 95 4 99 [7][28][29]
13T Roman Gabriel 11/28/1965 9/17/1972 LAR 89 2 91 [7][30]
13T Russell Wilson 9/09/2012 Active SEA 89 12 101 [31]
15 Johnny Unitas 9/27/1959 11/7/1965 BAL 88 3 91 [7][32][33]
16 Jim Everett 9/4/1988 10/23/1993 LAR 87 4 91 [7][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]
18T 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]
22T 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]
25T Fran Tarkenton 12/11/1966 12/12/1971 MIN/NYG 71 0 71 [44]
25T Joe Theismann 12/7/1980 11/18/1985 WAS 71 8 79 [45]
25T Rich Gannon 9/12/1999 10/20/2003 OAK 71 7 78 [46]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  35. ^ "Richard Todd – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
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  41. ^ "Andy Dalton – Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  42. ^ "Ryan Tannehill - Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
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  44. ^ "Fran Tarkenton – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  45. ^ "Joe Theismann – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  46. ^ "Rich Gannon – Game Logs". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30.