Monday, December 13, 2010

Brett Favre Inactive Against Giants, Ending Streak of 297 Straight Starts

Brett Favre will not start Monday night for the Minnesota Vikings against the New York Giants, bringing to an end his NFL-record streak for consecutive starts at 297 games.

Favre was added to the inactive list about an hour and a half prior to kickoff.

Favre owns the NFL record for passing yards, passing touchdowns and complete passes, and yet the streak is the most impressive of all his records. The streak began in September of 1992, when Favre replaced an injured Don Majkowski as the Green Bay Packers' starter.

It has endured through injuries to Favre's throwing arm and hand, his injured ankle and also the death of his father, when Favre passed threw four touchdowns in the first half on Monday Night Football and ran up 399 passing yards in a 41–7 win over the Raiders, just a day after his dad died. But it couldn't endure a shoulder injury Favre suffered when he was hit while throwing his first pass of the game last week against the Buffalo Bills.            

Favre broke the previous record for the longest consecutive starts streak by a quarterback, then owned by Ron Jaworski, in 1999. In 2009 he broke former Vikings defensive tackle Jim Marshall's record for the most consecutive starts by any NFL position player, 271.

Now the streak has come to an end at 297, and for the first time since 1992, Favre will stand on the sideline and watch as another quarterback (Tarvaris Jackson) plays in his place.

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