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December 14, 2010 10:57 PM

Brett Favre or Cal Ripken Jr. - Which Streak is More Impressive?

brett_favre_bench.jpgOn December 13, 2010, one of the most impressive streaks in the history of the NFL ended. Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre did not start a game for the first time since September 27, 1992.

That streak spanned 6,651 days and 19 NFL seasons. The streak ends at 297 consecutive games (321 if you count playoff games). The active leader in consecutive games for a quarterback now belongs to Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning (205).

 

To put that steak into perspective, when the streak started Johnny Carson had just retired from the Tonight Show in May, the top song on the Billboard Chart was Boys II Men's "End of the Road," and the 49ers were starting their own quarterback controversy between Steve Young and Joe Montana. The two were in their final year as teammates. Four teams (Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars) did not yet exist. Los Angeles had two teams instead of no teams, the Oilers were in Houston and the Seattle Seahawks were an AFC team.

 

When the Iron Man Streak is mentioned, one of the first conversation that comes up is which streak is more impressive; Favre's or the one set by Baltimore Orioles SS Cal Ripken Jr. Ripken played in 2,632 consecutive games over 16 Major League Baseball seasons, breaking the record held by Hall of Fame New York Yankee First Baseman, Lou Gehrig...

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