Martin Brodeur recently broke the all-time win record for an NHL goalie, sparking much debate on whether or not that mark will ever be reached again.
At first thought, Brodeur’s record could be the most unbreakable record in the NHL. At second thought, by the end of Brodeur’s career, it could seem to be the most unbreakable record in sports.
However, Brodeur’s record is not the most unbreakable record in sports, not yet at least. So what is?
The most unbreakable record in sports is held by Brett Favre. However, it is not his touchdowns that will forever be untouched. It is the 310 interceptions he amassed over his 18 NFL seasons that will never be touched.
First, looking back through history, there are no quarterbacks that really come to close to Favre. George Blanda threw 277 interceptions during his career and is second on the list. That is 33 interceptions that separate worst from second worse.
Second, Favre threw 3.3 interceptions every 100 passes during his career. Here is some numbers from some current starters and notable retired quarterbacks; Tom Brady-2.4, Peyton Manning-2.8, Steve Young-2.6, Dan Marino-3, Joe Montana-2.6, Troy Aikman-3.0.
This may not seem like a large difference, however after 5,000 passes it is. Not many quarterbacks are going to have a starting job for more than 10 seasons if they start throwing interceptions at the rate Favre has.
Favre was able to accomplish this feat by also throwing for the most touchdowns in NFL history. Also, he won games. Favre was able to stay healthy throughout his career and play 16 complete seasons.
No quarterback will ever be able to put more than 310 interceptions in a career because he has to stay healthy and play at least 16 complete seasons. He has to keep his starting job while throwing a large amount of interceptions.
So basically, unless the NFL sees an amazing athlete who can stay healthy and play great, while at the same time make plenty of poor decisions, the 310 will never be reached.