As I was up until 2 am last night listening/watching the guys on NFL Network talk about Brett Favre’s consecutive game streak and the possibility of it coming to an end tonight.
I began to wonder, where does Favre’s consecutive game streak rank in all of professional sports?
Some people have said that Favre’s consecutive game streak is greatest record ever in pro sports. I somewhat agree with that however not all sports are equal and trying to compare Favre’s streak to other records may be a little hard to do.
Currently Favre has made an NFL record 297 consecutive starts (321 including playoffs) that began back on September 27, 1992 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Besides Favre, there is only one other active streak of 100 or more games among quarterbacks, that of Peyton Manning (205).
The consecutive starts streak is widely considered one of the most notable streaks in sports, so much so that the Pro Football Hall of Fame has as an exhibit displaying the jersey Favre wore during his record breaking 117th consecutive start as a quarterback, and a section of their website devoted to what the Hall of Fame calls an “Iron Man”.
Favre’s record is often compared to Cal Ripken’s consecutive game record but does it rank higher than Cal’s?
Does it rank higher than Roger Maris’s 61 homerun season, Barry Bonds (albeit done on P.E.Ds) single season homerun record of 73, Hack Wilson’s 191 RBI’s, Barry’s all-time home run record of 762?
How about Hank Aaron’s legit record homerun record of 755, Wayne Gretzky’s 92 goals (most goals ever scored in one season) or Jack Nicklaus’s 18 PGA Tour wins in Majors?
If you were to compare Favre’s record to other great football records, Jerry Rice holds numerous records that are pretty impressive and it would be hard to say that they should take a backseat to Favre’s streak record.
Don Hutson’s record of leading the league in scoring 5 years straight and in touchdowns for 8 years straight is another great record.
Personally I can’t put Favre’s consecutive games played record above all others. I would say top 5 or 10 easily, however as great as Favre’s record is, in my honest opinion there are certain individual records in other sports that seem to be a little more prestigious.