Russell Wilson now has the most consecutive starts among active NFL quarterbacks


Phillip Rivers had an incredible career in the NFL. 

Over 17 seasons, 16 with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers and one with the Indianapolis Colts, Rivers was a pillar of consistency.

He passed for 63,440 yards and 421 touchdowns, but on Wednesday afternoon he called it a career. 

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More impressive than his stats may be the streak that he put together over the last 15 years. 

Rivers only played in four games over his first two seasons, playing backup to future Hall of Famer Drew Brees in San Diego. But it all changed for Rivers in 2006 when Brees signed with the New Orleans Saints. Rivers started in Week 1 in 2006 and he never missed another start until the day he retired. 

His streak of 240 consecutive games started (252 counting the playoffs) is the second-most ever by a quarterback, trailing only Brett Favre’s All-Time NFL record of 297 consecutive starts (321 counting playoffs). 

Rivers' retirement means that next in line to try to beat Favre's quarterback record is none other than Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, according to Pro Football Talk.

Wilson now has the longest active consecutive starts streak among NFL quarterbacks at 144 games (160 counting the playoffs).

To put that in perspective, Wilson, 32, would have to start every regular-season game and play a handful of playoff games over the next 10 years to pass Favre. 

Tom Brady will get the start for the Buccaneers this weekend against the Packers, making his 89th consecutive start (including playoffs) making him No.2 on the list behind Wilson. 


The point is, Wilson has a long way to go to break Favre's record, but no one in the NFL right now is even close to him either. 

The NFL has floated the idea of moving to a 17-game season, but even then Wilson would likely have to play into his 40s to break the record.

Wilson's 160 consecutive starts overall is the sixth most all-time among NFL quarterbacks trailing only Favre (321), Rivers (252), Eli Manning (222), Peyton Manning (227), and Matt Ryan (163, ended in 2019).