NFL's Unbreakable Records

John LewisSenior Writer IJuly 12, 2008

As the Green Bay Packers continue to keep Brett Favre from clearing waivers, it appears as though he's done for sure, leaving behind a legacy and many record setting performances.

That got me thinking about the NFL's most unbreakable records, who set them and how they may never be surpassed.

Here's the list of the toughest records to break in NFL history.

Johnny Unitas' 47 consecutive games with a touchdown

Coming in as a rookie in 1956, Johnny Unitas would go on to have at least one touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.  The streak ended on the 11th game of the 1960 season and the only other player to come close is Brett Favre's streak of 36 from 2002-2004.

Unitas finished his career 40,239 passing yards, 10 pro-bowls, three AP MVP's, three UPI MVP's and two NEA MVP's.      

Brett Favre's consecutive games played streak

Starting on September 20, 1992 Favre came in to relieve an injured Don Majkowski, he didn't miss a start from then on.  When he announced his retirement at the end of the 2007 season he had the most consecutive starts, 253; 275 total starts including playoffs.

His other records include: most career NFL touchdown passes, 442, most career NFL passing yards, 61,655, most career pass completions, 5,377, most career pass attempts, 8,758, most career NFL interceptions thrown, 288, and most career victories by a starting QB, 160.

Otto Graham's 10 consecutive Championship games

Graham played for the Cleveland Browns of the All-American Football Conference, and the NFL and took them to 10 straight Championship games from 1946-1955.  Graham retired with a 105-17-4 record and a passer rating of 86.6.

Graham also spent one season playing basketball with the Rochester Royals, now called the Sacramento Kings, and won a title there.  He played 10 seasons in the AAFC/NFL and one season in the NBL, going to the championship 11 times and winning eight titles.

1977 Atlanta Falcons' defense

The Atlanta Falcons hired Jerry Glanville to be their defense coordinator and all he did was guide his team to give up the fewest amount of points ever in one season, 129 points in 14 games.  Their defense only gave up an average of 9.2 points per game.

They only gave up 14 TDs all season, five rushing and nine passing, had 26 INTs and only allowed 98.9 passing yards per game.  The only problem was the offense wasn't that great an only scored 179 points for a 7-7 record. 

Don Shula's career win total

Don Shula began coaching in 1963 with the Baltimore Colts and for seven seasons posted an overall record 71-23-4.  He then took over the head coaching duties for the Miami Dolphins in 1970 and coached there until 1995.

Over 33 years he compiled 328 regular season and 19 playoff victories for 347 total wins.  It would be hard for any one person coach for 33 years much less win 347 games.

Dick "Night Train" Lane's 14 Interceptions

Lane burst onto the scene with the Los Angeles Rams in 1952 and established the single season interception record of 14, in 12 games, that still stands today.  Lane played for the Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions as well and retired in 1965.

He was a seven time pro-bowler, 10 time all-pro selection and ended his career with 68 interceptions.

Don Hutson

Hutson still holds the following records: Most seasons leading the league in pass receptions,8, most consecutive seasons leading the league in pass receptions,5, most seasons leading the league in pass receiving yards,7, most consecutive seasons leading league in pass receiving yards,4, most seasons leading the league in pass receiving touchdowns,9, most consecutive seasons leading the league in pass receiving touchdowns, 5, most seasons leading the league in scoring, 5 and most consecutive seasons leading the league in scoring, 5.

Most if not all of these records will stand for a long time to come. 

Notable Mentions:

Tampa Bay’s 26-game losing streak, Tom Landry's 29 seasons as head coach for the Dallas Cowboys, Devin Hester's six return touchdowns, Derrick Thomas' seven sacks in one game, Marvin Harrison's 143 receptions in 2002, Eric Dickerson's 2,105 rushing yards in 1984, Peyton Manning's 121.1 passer rating in 2004, Jerry Rice's 1,848 receiving yards in 1995 and LaDainian Tomlinson's 31 touchdowns in 2006.

I'm sure there are other stats you feel belong, but this is a good start.