After another emotional season ending interview from Favre and who knows, maybe actually retiring now, I thought that even if I hate the man for being a playa’ and actually toying with franchises about the prospects of him coming back or not for the last three-four years, he is a hell of a player, one of the all time greats, and his consecutive starts record is his most amazing accomplishment, in my eyes. So here is Favre with three other Iron-men for the basketball, hockey and baseball.
NFL – Brett Favre
Well… is he retiring again? Favre sounded like he’s usually sounding when the NFL season ends in the last few years, but as we all know, when spring comes knocking on our door, he usually makes a 180, eventually signing on for another year, so don’t take his comment from last night about his future in the NFL and with the Vikings too seriously, cause it’s Favre, and it’s still winter.
Favres’ comments reliability may be a bit shaky and so is his passing in the playoffs, but not his willingness to play, injured or not. Favre has started every game since becoming the Green Bay Packers’ starting quarterback in the fourth game of the 1992 season, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That game started a streak that is currently standing at 285, the most for any QB or position player in the history of the NFL. Jeff Feagles, the New York Giants’ Punter holds the NFL record for most consecutive games played for any player with 352, playing in every game since his NFL career started in 1988 with the Patriots.
NBA – A.C. Green
A.C. Green, Jr. is the NBA’s all-time iron man, playing in 1192 consecutive games, starting the streak on November 19, 1986, during his second season with the Los Angeles Lakers after missing three games earlier that season. The streak ended in 2001, playing his final game as a Miami Heat player. Green played in 1278 games throughout his career out of a possible 1281, an amazing 99.8%. He even managed to play 83 games in the 1996-1997 season, after being traded from Phoenix to the Dallas Mavericks. Green won two back-to-back championships with the Lakers (1987-1988) and went to the All-Star game once, in 1990. He finished his career with averages of 9.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
MLB – Cal Ripken, Jr.
Baseball’s iron man broke the unbreakable (presumably) Lou Gehrig record for consecutive games played. Ripken broke the Yankee legends’ record (2130) on September 6, 1995, hitting a home-run on the night he tied the record and the night he broke it. He played 502 additional games, ending the streak at 2632 by voluntarily removing his name from the starting lineup, ending the 16 year old streak. He retired in 2001 at the age of 40 after 21 seasons of baseball, 19 All-Star appearances, one world series title (1983), 2 MVP awards (1983, 1991) and 2 Gold Glove awards (1991, 1992).
NHL – Doug Jarvis
Doug Jarvis is mostly remembered for his Montreal Canadiens days, playing Center for Habs, winning four consecutive Stanley Cups (1976-1979), forming one of the best tandems in the NHL back then along with Bob Gainey, who was the head coach of the Dallas Star while Jarvis was an assistant there (Jarvis was an assistant with the Stars for 14 seasons). Jarvis broke Garry Ungers’ record of 914, setting it at 964. Besides the Habs, Jarvis played for the Washington Capitals (1983-1986) and the Hartford Whalers till 1988, where he retired.