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“Most consecutive starts nfl” is a phrase that has been used in football for many years. The “most consecutive starts nfl” is the number of games that a player has started consecutively.

Most people associate Eli Manning with the David Tyree helmet catch and his New York Giants’ two Super Bowl victories against Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots. While this was by far his most amazing achievement, his incredible consecutive starts run was a close second. Eli disclosed his brother Peyton Manning’s participation in the streak on ESPN2’s Monday Night Football ManningCast this week.

At quarterback, Eli Manning was an Iron Man.

During the 2004 NFL Draft, the New York Giants acquired Eli Manning via a trade. During his first season, the youngster stood behind veteran quarterback Kurt Warner for the most of his first nine games.

Eli ultimately began his first NFL game in Week 11. The performance ended in a 14-10 defeat against the Atlanta Falcons. The most important thing to come out of this game was Eli’s decision to start every Giants game for the following 12-plus seasons.

Eli guided the Giants to a 109-94 record during his 210 consecutive regular-season starts run. In 2007 and 2011, he was named to four Pro Bowl teams and led the G-Men to Super Bowl victories in both 2007 and 2011.

After a 2-9 start to the season, Giants coach Ben McAdoo benched Eli, ending his streak. Geno Smith, the former Ole Miss quarterback, was reinstated after one game. However, Eli’s remarkable run came to an end with that missed start.

Eli has a leg up on his brother Peyton with 210 straight starts. The elder Manning sibling “only” started 208 games in a row.

When Eli (or, more properly, McAdoo) broke the record, he moved into second place all-time among quarterbacks for consecutive starts. At the time, only Brett Favre’s 297 consecutive starts surpassed Eli’s 210.

After retiring after the 2019 season, the New York quarterback has slipped to third place on the record of quarterbacks with the most straight starts. Ironically, the QB who overtook him (with 240) was Philip Rivers, the other QB involved in the 2004 trade that sent Eli to New York.  

Eli attributes his tenacity to his brother Peyton.

Quarterbacks Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and Eli Manning of the New York Giants meet after their game on September 15, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Broncos defeated the Giants 41-23.

Quarterbacks Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and Eli Manning of the New York Giants meet after their game on September 15, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Broncos defeated the Giants 41-23. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images photo of Peyton and Eli Manning.

Peyton and Eli Manning invited pro golfer Phil Mickelson to the ManningCast during the second quarter of the Week 10 Monday Night Football alternative broadcast, the ManningCast.

The infamous talker arrived with a list of questions for the renowned football-playing brothers. One of the queries he addressed to Eli was if he considers his brother “soft” since he has played more straight games than Peyton and has won two of the two Super Bowls in which he has competed, compared to Peyton’s two-of-four record.

Mickelson meant Eli to giggle at the question at first. Eli, on the other hand, gave some insight into where his toughness comes from over the course of his response. He told Peyton and the golfer the following:

I give him full credit for my participating in all those games and not missing any due to injury as a result of his abusing me as a youngster and tormenting me. I wasn’t allowed to weep, and I wasn’t permitted to tell mom or him because he threatened to make things worse. As a result, he receives all of the credit.

On growing up with Peyton Manning, Eli Manning said

As any younger sibling will tell you, being beaten up by an older sibling may build toughness at an early age. Even then, unlike Eli, most individuals do not have to stand up after being sacked by a 300-pound guy in maturity. However, it’s understandable that roughhousing with Peyton and his older brother Cooper contributed to his subsequent success.

Even if the NFL season is extended, it will be a long time before someone beats Brett Favre’s record of straight starts.

Brett Favre’s 297-game winning run will come to an end tonight… He hasn’t done anything in a long time.

December 13, 2010 — Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings)

Isn’t it going to be easier to catch Brett Favre in the straight starts column now that the NFL has a 17-game schedule?

It’s unlikely.

When it comes to active players, Favre’s 297 straight starts overwhelm the competition. The four guys in front of him aren’t going to challenge him for the championship anytime soon. Among those on the list are former Minnesota Vikings DE Jim Marshall (270), C Mick Tingelhoff (240), Rivers (240), and Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans G Bruce Matthews (229), all of whom retired 20 years ago.

Russell Wilson was the quarterback who came closest to Favre. Unfortunately for the 32-year-old quarterback, his 149-game record came to a stop five weeks ago when he missed his first start of his career due to a finger injury sustained in Week 5.

Now, Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Ndamukong Suh (156 yards) is the closest active player to Favre, followed by New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan (32 yards) (154). To reach Favre’s level, these two would have to start every game for another eight seasons.

Who has the longest current start streak among quarterbacks?

Of course, it’s none other than Tom Brady. He’s just six starts away from completing his third career run of 100 or more starts. The reason he isn’t as good as Favre is because his streaks were broken by two major concerns. In 2008, he had a knee injury, then in 2016, he was suspended due to the Deflategate scandal.

To catch Favre, Brady, 44, would have to start every game until he was nearly 56 years old.

While it seems unlikely right now, you never know with Brady, so maybe Favre should keep an eye on his back after all.

Pro Football Reference provided all stats.

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