Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco took a lot of criticism last year when he made a statement that he considered himself an “elite” quarterback. Even after his amazing playoff performance last year that led to a Super Bowl title, many still question whether Flacoo is indeed an elite QB, or if he’s something less.
There is however one thing Flacco is elite at, and that’s his durability, as noted by ESPN’s Jamison Hensley:
His 94 straight starts (including the playoffs) is the third-longest current streak for quarterbacks. Only Eli Manning (147) and Philip Rivers (119) have started more consecutive games.
Flacco’s streak stands as the ninth longest for quarterbacks in NFL history. Brett Favre owns the longest at 321 games. Just counting the regular season, it would take Flacco 14 more seasons to catch Favre. Flacco is seven more starts away from surpassing Dan Marino for No. 8 on the list.
Flacco has started more consecutive games than any other quarterback in Baltimore’s NFL history. He moved past Johnny Unitas (91 straight starts from 1959 to 1965) when he started the AFC Championship Game in New England in January.