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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 National Football League (NFL).[1][2]

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

Leader boards

Bold denotes an active streak

Consecutive games started

All-time starts

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 Philip Rivers QB 9/11/2006 - present SD/LAC/IND 226 11 237 [18][19]
6 Will Shields RG 9/12/1993 - 12/31/2006 KC 223 8 231 [20][21]
7T Alan Page DT 10/8/1967 - 12/20/1981 MIN/CHI 215 19 234 [22][23]
Ronde Barber DB 11/21/1999 - 12/30/2012 TB 215 9 224 [24][25]
London Fletcher LB 11/12/2000 - 12/29/2013 SLR/BUF/WAS 215 6 221 [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 leaders

Minimum 100 consecutive regular season starts[40]

Player Pos Teams Reg. season starts References
Philip Rivers QB SD/LAC 224 [18]
Brandon Carr CB KC/DAL/BAL 192 [41]
Ndamukong Suh DT DET/MIA/LAR/TB 131 [42]
Cameron Jordan DE NO 129 [43]
Mitchell Schwartz OT CLE/KC 128 [44]
Russell Wilson QB SEA 128 [45]
Malcolm Jenkins SS PHI 103 [46]

Consecutive games played

All-time games played

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

Top 25 players for consecutive regular season games played[1][47][48]

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][49]
2 Brett Favre QB 9/13/1992 - 12/5/2010 GB/NYJ/MIN 299 24 323 [11][50][51]
3 Jim Marshall DE 9/25/1960 - 12/16/1979 CLE/MIN 282 19 301 [12][52]
4 London Fletcher LB 9/6/1998 - 12/29/2013 SLR/BUF/WAS 256 9 265 [26][27]
5 Shane Lechler P 9/29/2002 - 12/31/2017 OAK/HOU 254 10 264 [53][54]
6 Morten Andersen K 10/25/1987 - 12/15/2002 NO/ATL/NYG/KC 248 8 256 [55][56]
7 Chris Gardocki P 11/28/1991 - 12/31/2006 CHI/IND/CLE/PIT 244 14 258 [57][58]
8 Bill Romanowski LB 9/4/1988 - 9/22/2003 SF/PHI/DEN/OAK 243 28 271 [59][60]
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 [61][62]
Ronde Barber DB 9/6/1998 - 12/30/2012 TB 240 9 249 [24][25]
12 L. P. Ladouceur LS 10/2/2005 - present DAL 237 9 246 [63][64]
13 Jason Witten TE 10/19/2003 - 12/31/2017 DAL 235 8 243 [65][66]
14T Jim Bakken K 11/25/1962 - 12/17/1978 SLC 234 2 236 [67][68]
Gary Anderson K 10/25/1987 - 1/7/2002 PIT/PHI/SF/MIN/TEN 234 17 251 [69][70]
16 Bruce Matthews OL 11/29/1987 - 1/6/2002 OIL/TEN 232 15 247 [16][71]
17 Jim Turner K 9/12/1964 - 12/17/1979 NYJ/DEN 228 8 236 [72][73]
18 Philip Rivers QB 12/31/2005 - present SD/LAC 225 11 236 [18][19]
19T George Blanda K/QB 9/11/1960 - 12/21/1975 OIL/OAK 224 18 242 [74][75]
John Hadl QB/P 9/7/1962 - 12/18/1977 SD/LAR/GB/OIL 224 4 228 [76][77]
Dan Stryzinski P 9/9/1990 - 12/28/2003 PIT/TB/ATL/KC/NYJ 224 4 228 [78][79]
Will Shields RG 9/5/1993 - 12/31/2006 KC 224 8 232 [20][80]
Derrick Brooks LB 9/3/1995 - 12/28/2008 TB 224 11 235 [32][81]
Kevin Carter DE/DT 9/3/1995 - 12/28/2008 SLR/TEN/MIA/TB 224 9 233 [82][83]
Ethan Albright LS 9/1/1996 - 1/3/2010 BUF/WAS 224 6 230 [84][85]
John Denney LS 9/11/2005 - 12/30/2018 MIA 224 2 226 [86][87]
Sam Koch P 9/10/2006 - present BAL 224 18 242 [88][89]

Consecutive starts by position

Offensive skilled

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 [65][66]
Wide receiver Tim Brown 12/14/1992 - 12/7/2003 RAI/OAK 176 9 185 [90][91]
Running back Walter Payton 12/7/1975 - 9/20/1987 CHI 170 8 178 [92][93]
Fullback Jim Brown 9/29/1957 - 12/19/1965 CLE 118 4 122 [94][95]

Offensive linemen

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 [20][21]
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 [94][96]
Right tackle Jon Runyan 8/31/1997 - 12/28/2008 TEN/PHI 192 21 213 [97][98]

Defensive linemen

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][99]
Defensive tackle Alan Page 10/8/1967 - 12/20/1981 MIN/CHI 215 19 234 [22][23]
Weakside defensive tackle Alan Page 9/14/1968 - 12/20/1981 MIN/CHI 204 19 223 [22][100]
Strongside defensive tackle Merlin Olsen 12/9/1962 - 12/11/1976 LAR 198 9 207 [101][102][103][104][105][106]
Strongside defensive end Jack Youngblood 10/8/1972 - 12/2/1984 LAR 184 16 200 [107][108]
Nose tackle Fred Smerlas 9/7/1980 - 9/20/1987 BUF 107 3 110 [109][110]

Linebackers

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 [26][27]
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 [111][112]
Right outside linebacker Robert Brazile 9/21/1975 - 12/16/1984 OIL 147 7 154 [27][113]
Strongside linebacker Bill Romanowski 9/4/1994 - 9/22/2003 PHI/DEN/OAK 140 14 154 [59][60]
Left outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan 9/11/2011 - 11/24/2019 WAS 139 2 141 [7][114]
Left inside linebacker Levon Kirkland 11/27/1994 - 12/24/2000 PIT 107 9 116 [115][116]
Right inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons 12/5/2010 - 1/1/2017 PIT 101 10 111 [117][118]

Defensive backs

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 [24][25]
Cornerback Ronde Barber 11/21/1999 - 9/9/2012 TB 200 9 209 [24][119]
Safety Willie Wood 9/17/1961 - 12/19/1971 GB 154 9 163 [120][121][122]
Strong safety Bill Thompson 9/16/1973 - 12/20/1981 DEN 134 5 139 [123][124]
Free safety Darryl Williams 10/11/1992 - 12/27/1998 CIN/SEA 108 0 108 [125][126]

Special teams

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][49]
Kicker Morten Andersen 10/25/1987 - 12/15/2002 NO/ATL/NYG/KC 248 8 256 [55][56]
Long snapper L. P. Ladouceur 10/2/2005 - present DAL 237 9 246 [63][64]
Kick/Punt returner Carl Roaches 9/7/1980 - 12/16/1984 OIL 73 1 74 [127][128]

Note: Games played by special teams players such as kickers and punters are not recognized officially as starts by the NFL.[1][6][55]

See also

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