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Brett Favre, the all-time leader in consecutive starts by an NFL player.

This is a list of the most consecutive starts and games played by a player by position in the NFL.[1][2]

Brett Favre's starts streak of 297 games is the longest all-time.[3][4] Among defensive players, Jim Marshall's starts streak of 270 is the longest all-time.[3]

Of special note is punter Jeff Feagles, who played in 352 consecutive games which is the longest of all-time for a special teams player.[5] Special teams players are not credited with starts in the NFL.[1][6]

Ronde Barber is the most recent player to surpass someone at his position for consecutive starts, having bested Dick LeBeau's previous mark for cornerbacks in 2010.[7]

All-time consecutive starts streaksEdit

Updated through the 2010 season

Bold denotes an active streak

Consecutive games started leader boardEdit

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Peyton Manning is the most recent player to achieve 200 consecutive starts by an NFL player.

Minimum 200 consecutive regular season starts[1][2][8]

Rank Player Pos Period Teams Consecutive Starts Playoffs Total
1 Brett Favre[9][10] QB 9/27/1992 – 12/5/2010 Green Bay; NY Jets; Minnesota 297 24 321
2 Jim Marshall[11][12] DE 9/17/1961 – 12/16/1979 Minnesota 270 19 289
3 Mick Tingelhoff[13][14] C 9/16/1962 – 12/17/1978 Minnesota 240 19 259
4 Bruce Matthews[15][16] OL 11/29/1987 – 1/6/2002 Houston/Tennessee 229 15 244
5 Will Shields[17][18] RG 9/12/1993 – 12/31/2006 Kansas City 223 8 231
6 Alan Page[19][20] DT 10/8/1967 – 12/20/1981 Minnesota; Chicago 215 19 234
7 Jim Otto[21][22] C 9/11/1960 – 12/14/1974 Oakland 210 13 223
8T Derrick Brooks[23][24] LB 9/1/1996 – 12/28/2008 Tampa Bay20811219
8T Peyton Manning[25] QB 9/6/1998 – present Indianapolis 208 19 227
10 Gene Upshaw[26][27] LG 9/10/1967 – 10/4/1981 Oakland 207 24 231
11 Randall McDaniel[28][29] LG 10/22/1989 – 1/6/2002 Minnesota; Tampa Bay 202 16 218

Consecutive games played leader boardEdit

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Minimum 225 consecutive regular season games played[1][30]

Rank Player Pos Period Teams Consecutive Games Playoffs Total
1 Jeff Feagles[6][31] P 9/4/1988 – 1/3/2010 New England; Philadelphia; Arizona; Seattle; NY Giants 352 11 363
2 Brett Favre[9][32] QB 9/13/1992 – 12/5/2010 Green Bay; NY Jets; Minnesota 299 24 323
3 Jim Marshall[11][33] DE 9/25/1960 – 12/16/1979 Cleveland; Minnesota 282 19 301
4 Morten Andersen[34][35] K 10/25/1987 – 12/15/2002 New Orleans; Atlanta; NY Giants; Kansas City 248 8 256
5 Chris Gardocki[36][37] P 11/28/1991 – 12/31/2006 Chicago; Indianapolis; Cleveland; Pittsburgh 244 14 258
6 Bill Romanowski[38][39] LB 9/4/1988 – 9/22/2003 San Francisco; Philadelphia; Denver; Oakland 243 28 271
7 Mick Tingelhoff[13][14] C 9/16/1962 – 12/17/1978 Minnesota 240 19 259
8T Jim Bakken[40][41] K 11/25/1962 – 12/17/1978 St. Louis 234 2 236
8T Gary Anderson[42][43] K 10/25/1987 – 1/7/2002 Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Minnesota 234 17 251
10 Bruce Matthews[15][44] OL 11/29/1987 – 1/6/2002 Houston/Tennessee 232 15 247
11 Jim Turner[45][46] K 9/12/1964 – 12/17/1979 NY Jets; Denver 228 8 236

Offensive skilled consecutive startsEdit

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Walter Payton, the all-time leader in consecutive starts by an NFL running back.

Position Player Period Teams Consecutive Starts Playoffs Total
Quarterback Brett Favre[9][10] 9/27/1992 – 12/5/2010 Green Bay; NY Jets; Minnesota 297 24 321
Wide receiver Tim Brown[47][48] 12/14/1992 – 12/7/2003LA/Oakland 1769185
Running back Walter Payton[49][50] 12/7/1975 – 9/20/1987Chicago 1708178
Tight end Tony Gonzalez[51][52] 9/19/1999 – 11/12/2006Kansas City 1201121
Fullback Jim Brown[53][54] 9/29/1957 – 12/19/1965Cleveland 1184122

Offensive linemen consecutive startsEdit

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Position Player Period Teams Consecutive Starts Playoffs Total
Center Mick Tingelhoff[13][14] 9/16/1962 – 12/17/1978Minnesota24019259
Right guard Will Shields[17][18] 9/12/1993 – 12/31/2006Kansas City2238231
Left guard Gene Upshaw[26][27] 9/10/1967 – 10/4/1981Oakland20724231
Left tackle Doug Dieken[55][56] 11/21/1971 – 12/16/1984Cleveland 1944198
Right tackle Jon Runyan[57][58] 8/31/1997 – 12/28/2008Tennessee; Philadelphia19221213

Defensive linemen consecutive startsEdit

Position Player Period Teams Consecutive Starts Playoffs Total
Defensive end Jim Marshall[11][12] 9/17/1961 – 12/16/1979Minnesota27019289
Defensive tackle Alan Page[19][20] 10/8/1967 – 12/20/1981Minnesota; Chicago21519234
Nose tackle Fred Smerlas[59][60] 9/7/1980 – 9/20/1987Buffalo1073110

Linebackers consecutive startsEdit

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Position Player Period Teams Consecutive Starts Playoffs Total
Linebacker Derrick Brooks[23][24] 9/1/1996 – 12/28/2008Tampa Bay20811219

Defensive backs consecutive startsEdit

Position Player Period Teams Consecutive Starts Playoffs Total
Cornerback Ronde Barber[61] 11/21/1999 – present Tampa Bay 183 9 192
Safety[62] Willie Wood[63][64] 9/17/1961 – 12/19/1971Green Bay1549163
Strong Safety Bill Thompson[65][66] 9/16/1973 – 12/20/1981Denver1345139
Free Safety Darryl Williams[67][68] 10/11/1992 – 12/27/1998Cincinnati; Seattle1080108

Special teams consecutive games playedEdit

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Ethan Albright, the all-time leader in consecutive games played by an NFL long snapper.

Position Player Period Teams Consecutive Games Playoffs Total
Punter Jeff Feagles[6][31] 9/4/1988 – 1/3/2010New England; Philadelphia; Arizona; Seattle; NY Giants35211363
Kicker Morten Andersen[34][35] 10/25/1987 – 12/15/2002New Orleans; Atlanta; NY Giants; Kansas City2488256
Long snapper Ethan Albright[69][70] 9/1/1996 – 1/3/2010Buffalo; Washington2246230
Kick/Punt returner Carl Roaches[71][72] 9/7/1980 – 12/16/1984Houston73174

Note: Games played by special teams players such as kickers and punters are not recognized officially as starts by the NFL.[1][6][34]

See also Edit

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