Tom Brady is a 16-game season away from the most starts in NFL history

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If Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady starts all 16 games this season, he’ll break a little-discussed but quite impressive NFL record.

Brady has started 283 games in his career, putting him 15 games from tying and 16 games from breaking Brett Favre’s all-time NFL record of 298 games started.

Favre’s record isn’t just the record for quarterbacks, but the record for any player at any position. In his final NFL season, Favre broke the previous record of 293 starts, which was set by former Oilers/Titans offensive lineman Bruce Matthews.

On Sunday, Brady will start his 284th career game, which will tie him with Jerry Rice for the third-most starts ever.

After Brady is Jim Marshall, the Vikings great who started 277 games in the 1960s and 1970s. In sixth place all time is Drew Brees, who will start his 275th game against Brady’s Buccaneers on Sunday.

Brady vs. Brees, a game featuring a quarterback starting his 284th game against a quarterback starting his 275th game, is a special moment in NFL history. And this season we get to see it twice.

22 responses to “Tom Brady is a 16-game season away from the most starts in NFL history

  1. …In his final NFL season, Favre broke the previous record of 293 starts, which was set by former Oilers/Titans offensive lineman Bruce Matthews….
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    I find it staggering that an offensive lineman held that record at any point, and a great one at that.

  2. Brady has started more regular season games, more playoff games, and won more championships than his idols, Joe Montana AND Steve Young, as 49ers combined.

    And he’s not done.

  3. johnnycantread says:
    September 8, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    GCOAT.

    LOL. Surely you can come up with something less lame by now.

  4. Barry Bonds has the most HR’s in MLB history. What does Barry and Tommy have in common? They both went to Serra High School in San Mateo, CA.

  5. The Matthews family has been a part of the nfl for a long time with brothers and generations, hopefully that will carry on. Btw wonder where george blanda falls in career starts. If not familiar with the name,check him out.

  6. What is the most impressive to me is the difference between Brady’s 283 and Favre’s 298 as it relates to the win/loss record…

    Brady 219 – 64 (77.39%)
    Favre 186 – 112 (62.42%)

    Still, Brett’s is impressive. I don’t see his consecutive starts broken anytime soon.

  7. Favre’s were consecutive and uninterrupted. Big difference.
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    No they weren’t. This is for the overall starts record and not the consecutive starts record. Favre missed starts in his last season with the Vikings.

  8. As a head coach, BB had a losing record with the Browns and was fired for that. His only success as a head coach has been with Brady. Coincidence? When BB doesn’t make the playoffs this season…and he won’t….case closed.

  9. Barry Bonds has the most HR’s in MLB history. What does Barry and Tommy have in common? They both went to Serra High School in San Mateo, CA., and BOTH caught cheating….what is it with these Serra guys??? Swanny didn’t get caught though…he earned it.

  10. In an interview Brady said the record he is most envious of is Favre’s consecutive starts, which will probably never be broken. He also mentioned that being available to his team is fundamentally the most important. I say they both did well.

    Brady’s durability is really underrated.

  11. “His only success as a head coach has been with Brady.”

    Actually Belichick was the last Cleveland coach to win a playoff game with that team.

    Fun fact that win was against the Pats

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