Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

27 Nov 2005

Hang Time

The NFL's record for consecutive games played is going to be broken today and you probably had no idea. I had no idea until I read this. Giants punter Jeff Feagles will play his 283rd consecutive game against Seattle, passing Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall for the all-time record. Yes, he's a punter, so people will think of his record with an asterisk, but those guys do occasionally get hurt. Just ask Dirk Johnson.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 27 Nov 2005

17 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 12:14pm by Nuk

Comments

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by B (not verified) :: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 3:43am

I think most football fans, when asked about the consecutive games streak would only think of Brett Favre, which is too bad.

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by masocc (not verified) :: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 4:23am

Favre's at what? 215 games? And let's see... somewhere around 7300 pass attempts. Yeah B, I can see where we shouldn't think of this, rather than Feagles' 283 games with a whopping 1400ish punts. Riiight.

I'm no Favre lover, or Punter-hater, but come on.

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by masocc (not verified) :: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 4:40am

Hmm, well, in hindsight, I should explain why *I* think of Favre when I think of consecutive games (or, more accurately, why I DON'T think of the others at the top of this list):

1) Feagles = Punter = 1410 plays

2) Jim Marshall = The only thing that comes to mind when I think of Marshall is "Wrong way, you idiot!"

3) Morten Andersen = Kicker = About 2100 plays

4) Romo = 'Nuff Said.

5) Mick Tinglehoff = Okay. Got me here... I'll start thinking Mick Tinglehoff when I think consecutive games... unless Favre passes him.

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by DJAnyReason (not verified) :: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 12:30pm

Does Feagles get a game played if he doesn't actually, y'know, punt? I mean, its a infrequent that a team doesn't punt in a game, but it does happen. The Steelers did it twice, I think, last year.

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by Israel (not verified) :: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 12:38pm

#4 - The Steelers had three last year, if I am not mistaken. I think two were consecutive.

The Colts had one a couple of years ago - in a playoff game, I think.

But if a punter is also a holder, then that should count too, no?

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by masocc (not verified) :: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 1:10pm

Even if the punter's the holder, that's still only an extra 700 plays or so over the course of a career. I say give him a bloody asterisk.

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by princeton73 (not verified) :: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 1:28pm

a kicker also hold the NFL's "Ernie Banks" record, i.e. most games played, never appearing in the postseason

anybody?

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by Johnnyel (not verified) :: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 1:54pm

Please God, don't tell Skip Bayless.

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by Nuk (not verified) :: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 2:17pm

If it's so easy for punters/kickers to start a huge number of consecutive games, why isn't the top of the list packed with them?

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by masocc (not verified) :: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 2:37pm

Re: 9
Ummm, because games don't start on 4th down?

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by Bright Blue Shorts (not verified) :: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 3:51pm

re: 7 - it won't be Gary "not-so-perfect-1998-Season" Anderson.

BBS

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by Becephalus (not verified) :: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 4:31pm

Lay off Kickers/Punters. Especially Feagles. The guy has stayed in shape for 20 years and been a useful member of a football team. I read that he spends 2 days a week practicing kicking in the offseaon. If you take any record apart you can find a bunch of mitigating factors. They are pretty much meaningless anyway.

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by princeton73 (not verified) :: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 8:12pm

re: 7 - it won’t be Gary “not-so-perfect-1998-Season� Anderson.

Andersen was in the postseason several times

it was Sam Baker, halfback(!), punter and kicker for MANY teams throughout the 50s and 60s

played in 195 games--never in the postseason

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by Bruce Dickinson (not verified) :: Mon, 11/28/2005 - 12:35am

if so many people hate kickers so much, then why can't we just change the name from 'football' to... i don't know 'fieldball'. the kicker used to be the most important part of the game. not that i'm advocating a bigger role for them, but the history of the game suggests they deserve a little more respect than they get these days.

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by Gatts (not verified) :: Mon, 11/28/2005 - 3:41am
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by andrew (not verified) :: Mon, 11/28/2005 - 11:16am

Marshall also played mostly in 14 game seasons. He actually played one 12 game season (1960) and only one 16 game season (1978). So while Feagles may pass him, Marshall would still hold the record for most seasons without missing a game, at least for now. If you project his shorter seasons out to today's 16 game seasons, Marshall would have played 38 more games.

Marshall never got enough notice anyways, that one play should not blemish a two decade career. Yeah, he ran the wrong way, he also later forced a fumble that lead to the winning points in the same game, and used to (don't know for sure anymore) hold a record for forced fumbles.

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by Nuk (not verified) :: Mon, 11/28/2005 - 12:14pm

#10: OK, I shouldn't've said he "started" those games. But if you want to be picky, QBs like Favre don't start games either, since they don't play in kickoffs.