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List of most consecutive starts and games played by National Football League players

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] In 2018, Ryan Kerrigan became the most recent player to surpass someone at his position for consecutive starts, having broken the previous mark for left outside linebackers previously held by Jason Gildon.[7][8]

Updated through week 7, 2019 season

Bold denotes an active streak

Leader boardsEdit

Consecutive games startedEdit

All-time startsEdit

 
Philip Rivers, the most recent player to achieve 200 consecutive starts by an NFL player.

Minimum 200 consecutive regular season starts[1][2][9]

Rank Player Pos Period Teams Consecutive starts Playoffs Total References
1 Brett Favre QB 9/27/1992 – 12/5/2010 GB/NYJ/MIN 297 24 321 [10][11]
2 Jim Marshall DE 9/17/1961 – 12/16/1979 MIN 270 19 289 [12][13]
3 Mick Tingelhoff C 9/16/1962 – 12/17/1978 MIN 240 19 259 [14][15]
4 Bruce Matthews OL 11/29/1987 – 1/6/2002 OIL/TEN 229 15 244 [16][17]
5 Will Shields RG 9/12/1993 – 12/31/2006 KC 223 8 231 [18][19]
6T Alan Page DT 10/8/1967 – 12/20/1981 MIN/CHI 215 19 234 [20][21]
Ronde Barber DB 11/21/1999 – 12/30/2012 TB 215 9 224 [22][23]
London Fletcher LB 11/12/2000 – 12/29/2013 SLR/BUF/WAS 215 6 221 [24][25]
Philip Rivers QB 9/11/2006 – present SD/LAC 215 11 226 [26][27]
10T Jim Otto C 9/11/1960 – 12/14/1974 OAK 210 13 223 [28][29]
Eli Manning QB 11/24/2004 – 11/23/2017 NYG 210 12 222 [30][31]
12T Derrick Brooks LB 9/1/1996 – 12/28/2008 TB 208 11 219 [32][33]
Peyton Manning QB 9/6/1998 – 1/2/2011 IND 208 19 227 [34][35]
14 Gene Upshaw LG 9/10/1967 – 10/4/1981 OAK 207 24 231 [36][37]
15 Randall McDaniel LG 10/22/1989 – 1/6/2002 MIN/TB 202 16 218 [38][39]

Active leadersEdit

Minimum 100 consecutive regular season starts[40]

Player Pos Teams Reg. season starts References
Philip Rivers QB SD/LAC 215 [26]
Brandon Carr CB KC/DAL/BAL 183 [41]
Ndamukong Suh DT DET/MIA/LAR/TB 148 [42]
Ryan Kerrigan LB WAS 135 [7]
Cameron Jordan DE NO 120 [43]
Mitchell Schwartz OT CLE/KC 119 [44]
Russell Wilson QB SEA 119 [45]

Consecutive games playedEdit

All-time games playedEdit

 
L. P. Ladouceur, the active leader in consecutive games played by an NFL player.

Top 25 players for consecutive regular season games played[1][46][47]

Rank Player Pos Period Teams Consecutive games Playoffs Total References
1 Jeff Feagles P 9/4/1988 – 1/3/2010 NE/PHI/ARI/SEA/NYG 352 11 363 [6][48]
2 Brett Favre QB 9/13/1992 – 12/5/2010 GB/NYJ/MIN 299 24 323 [11][49][50]
3 Jim Marshall DE 9/25/1960 – 12/16/1979 CLE/MIN 282 19 301 [12][51]
4 London Fletcher LB 9/6/1998 – 12/29/2013 SLR/BUF/WAS 256 9 265 [24][25]
5 Shane Lechler P 9/29/2002 – 12/31/2017 OAK/HOU 254 10 264 [52][53]
6 Morten Andersen K 10/25/1987 – 12/15/2002 NO/ATL/NYG/KC 248 8 256 [54][55]
7 Chris Gardocki P 11/28/1991 – 12/31/2006 CHI/IND/CLE/PIT 244 14 258 [56][57]
8 Bill Romanowski LB 9/4/1988 – 9/22/2003 SF/PHI/DEN/OAK 243 28 271 [58][59]
9T Mick Tingelhoff C 9/16/1962 – 12/17/1978 MIN 240 19 259 [14][15]
Ryan Longwell K 9/1/1997 – 1/1/2012 GB/MIN 240 13 253 [60][61]
Ronde Barber DB 9/6/1998 – 12/30/2012 TB 240 9 249 [22][23]
12 Jason Witten TE 10/19/2003 – 12/31/2017 DAL 235 8 243 [62][63]
13T Jim Bakken K 11/25/1962 – 12/17/1978 SLC 234 2 236 [64][65]
Gary Anderson K 10/25/1987 – 1/7/2002 PIT/PHI/SF/MIN/TEN 234 17 251 [66][67]
15 Bruce Matthews OL 11/29/1987 – 1/6/2002 OIL/TEN 232 15 247 [16][68]
16T Jim Turner K 9/12/1964 – 12/17/1979 NYJ/DEN 228 8 236 [69][70]
L. P. Ladouceur LS 10/2/2005 – present DAL 228 9 237 [71][72]
18T George Blanda K/QB 9/11/1960 – 12/21/1975 OIL/OAK 224 18 242 [73][74]
John Hadl QB/P 9/7/1962 – 12/18/1977 SD/LAR/GB/OIL 224 4 228 [75][76]
Dan Stryzinski P 9/9/1990 – 12/28/2003 PIT/TB/ATL/KC/NYJ 224 4 228 [77][78]
Will Shields RG 9/5/1993 – 12/31/2006 KC 224 8 232 [18][79]
Derrick Brooks LB 9/3/1995 – 12/28/2008 TB 224 11 235 [32][80]
Kevin Carter DE/DT 9/3/1995 – 12/28/2008 SLR/TEN/MIA/TB 224 9 233 [81][82]
Ethan Albright LS 9/1/1996 – 1/3/2010 BUF/WAS 224 6 230 [83][84]
John Denney LS 9/11/2005 – 12/30/2018 MIA 224 2 226 [85][86]

Consecutive starts by positionEdit

Offensive skilledEdit

 
Jason Witten, the all-time leader in consecutive starts by an NFL tight end.
Position Player Period Teams Consecutive starts Playoffs Total References
Quarterback Brett Favre 9/27/1992 – 12/5/2010 GB/NYJ/MIN 297 24 321 [11][10]
Tight end Jason Witten 12/16/2006 – 12/31/2017 DAL 179 7 186 [62][63]
Wide receiver Tim Brown 12/14/1992 – 12/7/2003 RAI/OAK 176 9 185 [87][88]
Running back Walter Payton 12/7/1975 – 9/20/1987 CHI 170 8 178 [89][90]
Fullback Jim Brown 9/29/1957 – 12/19/1965 CLE 118 4 122 [91][92]

Offensive linemenEdit

 
Doug Dieken, the all-time leader in consecutive starts by an NFL offensive left tackle.
Position Player Period Teams Consecutive starts Playoffs Total References
Center Mick Tingelhoff 9/16/1962 – 12/17/1978 MIN 240 19 259 [14][15]
Right guard Will Shields 9/12/1993 – 12/31/2006 KC 223 8 231 [18][19]
Left guard Gene Upshaw 9/10/1967 – 10/4/1981 OAK 207 24 231 [36][37]
Left tackle Doug Dieken 11/21/1971 – 12/16/1984 CLE 194 4 198 [91][93]
Right tackle Jon Runyan 8/31/1997 – 12/28/2008 TEN/PHI 192 21 213 [94][95]

Defensive linemenEdit

 
Jim Marshall, the all-time leader in consecutive starts by an NFL defensive end.
Position Player Period Teams Consecutive starts Playoffs Total References
Defensive end Jim Marshall 9/17/1961 – 12/16/1979 MIN 270 19 289 [12][13]
Weakside defensive end Jim Marshall 9/16/1962 – 12/16/1979 MIN 256 19 275 [12][96]
Defensive tackle Alan Page 10/8/1967 – 12/20/1981 MIN/CHI 215 19 234 [20][21]
Weakside defensive tackle Alan Page 9/14/1968 – 12/20/1981 MIN/CHI 204 19 223 [20][97]
Strongside defensive tackle Merlin Olsen 12/9/1962 – 12/11/1976 LAR 198 9 207 [98][99][100][101][102][103]
Strongside defensive end Jack Youngblood 10/8/1972 – 12/2/1984 LAR 184 16 200 [104][105]
Nose tackle Fred Smerlas 9/7/1980 – 9/20/1987 BUF 107 3 110 [106][107]

LinebackersEdit

 
Derrick Brooks, the all-time leader in consecutive starts by an NFL weakside linebacker.
Position Player Period Teams Consecutive starts Playoffs Total References
Linebacker London Fletcher 11/12/2000 – 12/29/2013 SLR/BUF/WAS 215 6 221 [24][25]
Weakside linebacker Derrick Brooks 9/1/1996 – 12/28/2008 TB 208 11 219 [32][33]
Middle linebacker Lee Roy Jordan 9/18/1966 – 12/12/1976 DAL 154 19 173 [108][109]
Right outside linebacker Robert Brazile 9/21/1975 – 12/16/1984 OIL 147 7 154 [25][110]
Strongside linebacker Bill Romanowski 9/4/1994 – 9/22/2003 PHI/DEN/OAK 140 14 154 [58][59]
Left outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan 9/11/2011 – present WAS 135 2 137 [7]
Left inside linebacker Levon Kirkland 11/27/1994 – 12/24/2000 PIT 107 9 116 [111][112]
Right inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons 12/5/2010 – 1/1/2017 PIT 101 10 111 [113][114]

Defensive backsEdit

 
Ronde Barber, the all-time leader in consecutive starts by an NFL defensive back.
Position Player Period Teams Consecutive starts Playoffs Total References
Defensive back Ronde Barber 11/21/1999 – 12/30/2012 TB 215 9 224 [22][23]
Cornerback Ronde Barber 11/21/1999 – 9/9/2012 TB 200 9 209 [22][115]
Safety Willie Wood 9/17/1961 – 12/19/1971 GB 154 9 163 [116][117][118]
Strong Safety Bill Thompson 9/16/1973 – 12/20/1981 DEN 134 5 139 [119][120]
Free Safety Darryl Williams 10/11/1992 – 12/27/1998 CIN/SEA 108 0 108 [121][122]

Special teamsEdit

 
Morten Andersen, the all-time leader in consecutive games played by an NFL kicker.
Position Player Period Teams Consecutive games Playoffs Total References
Punter Jeff Feagles 9/4/1988 – 1/3/2010 NE/PHI/ARI/SEA/NYG 352 11 363 [6][48]
Kicker Morten Andersen 10/25/1987 – 12/15/2002 NO/ATL/NYG/KC 248 8 256 [54][55]
Long snapper L. P. Ladouceur 10/2/2005 – present DAL 228 9 237 [71][72]
Kick/Punt returner Carl Roaches 9/7/1980 – 12/16/1984 OIL 73 1 74 [123][124]

Note: Games played by special teams players such as kickers and punters are not recognized officially as starts by the NFL.[1][6][54]

See alsoEdit

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