Breaking Into the Book: 10 NFL Records That Won't Be Broken
The NFL is filled with records and facts, some being more relevant than others.
But, just how many of these records are waiting to be broken, and how many are there to stay?
I think that many people will agree with the way teams are scoring these days, the offensive records will be safe for a while.
We should assume that Favre and Manning will hold more than a few records of their own, when it's all said and done, with the Marino's and Montana's hanging on to theirs for at least a little while longer.
After looking at the list of records that the NFL keeps in this fact book, I have attempted to compile a list of records that will not be broken, otherwise known as the records that will stand for the longest period of time.
I am not saying that these have no chance of being broken, but I feel that the chances are unlikely for the time being.
So, get out your retro jersey, put on the zubaz, and join me for a look at the records that stand alone.
Most Career Punts and Punt Yardage
I know what you're thinking—lame.
This guy started out as a punter, those records don't mean anything. I would tend to disagree, as field position can change a game in an instant.
Jeff Feagles, who recently retired from football, spent 22 season in the league hammering the ball into the atmosphere.
He holds many of the records in the punting categories.
First, he has the record for punts inside the 20 yard line with 554. That's a nice tally, but I believe it can be outdone.
It is the total amount of punts and yards that is astounding.
Feagles holds the record for most all time punts at 1713, which is certainly a lot.
The actual total yards his kicks have gone is astonishing. He has punted for over 71,000 yards! That is just over 40 miles!
I know what you are still grumbling about, the fact that he is a punter, but how many punters stay in the league for 22 years these days?
The answer is none, and no one will come close to these records for a long time.
I believe that the next closest active player on the list is Brad Maynard, who is still more than 500 punts back, and more the 20,000 yards behind.
Jeff Feagles, the best punter of all time, enters the list at No. 10.
Most Losses in a Row by a Starting Quarterback
A Heisman Winner jumps into the countdown with a feat that no one would ever want to claim.
Chris Weinke had it all at Florida State, a Heisman, a title team, and a bright future in the NFL. Then he stepped out onto the field.
Weinke got the starting nod out of training camp for the Carolina Panthers, who drafted him in the fourth round back in 2001.
They would beat Minnesota 24-13 for an opening day win. Little did they know that would be the only taste of victory they would have all year long.
After play resumed post 9/11, the Panthers and Weinke got on the losing track going 15-15 down the stretch, Weinke started and lost 14 of these.
2003 saw Weinke seeing playing time, but only earning one start—a 30-0 beat down in which he was benched. That brings us to 15 straight losses.
In 2006, he ended up starting Weeks 14-16 for what was a mediocre season in Carolina.
They lost to the Giants first, with Weinke throwing three picks.
Then in Week 15 the Steelers ate him for lunch, going the distance in a 37-3 win over Carolina.
In Week 16, Weinke finally ended his losing streak with a win while only throwing the rock seven times.
Yes, seven times, with four completions for 32 yards and a TD strike.
Weinke would not experience another win as a starter in the NFL ever again.
Weinke holds the record for most losses in a row for a starting QB, and most losses in a row to finish a season.
To say that this won't happen again is an understatement.
Teams are so quick to push the panic button that they would never allow a rookie to drown the way Weinke did.
Captain Weinke, blowing for 16 straight starts comes in at No. 9.
Most Consecutive Passes Without Throwing an Interception
In 1986, Bernie Kosar replaced an injured Gary Danielson, and took the Browns to a 12-4 record and a John Elway drive away from the Super Bowl.
Bernie would go on to have his best statistical year in the strike shortened season of '87, and again the Broncos would beat them in the AFC title game.
The same would happen in 1989, with Kosar having a solid year and the Browns losing to the Broncos, but fans in Cleveland were resilient, and knew better days were ahead.
He started his no interception streak in his last game of 1990. After an early pick to Deion Sanders, he got it together, somewhat, in a 13-10 win over Atlanta.
He wouldn't throw another interception until week 11 of the 1991 season in a 32-30 loss to the Eagles.
Kosar had made 308 pass attempts until finally getting picked off by Eagles corner back Ben Smith.
The streak had ended, but to this day no one has broken it.
This is a solid streak. Nowadays quarterbacks have to face quicker, more athletic defenses from 1-11.
It is not a question of if, but when, you will throw a pick in today's NFL.
Most Fumbles in One Game
No, that's not when Doc Brown invented the flux capacitor. It's when Len Dawson set the record for most fumbles in a game with seven.
This Pro Football Hall of Famer is best known for leading the Kansas City Chiefs to two Super Bowl appearances and one title.
He had what many felt to be pinpoint accuracy in addition to great mobile in the pocket.
One thing is for sure, no one in today's league would be allowed to stay in a game after that many fumbles.
The only way this record gets broken is if there is a blizzard game and Adrian Peterson is playing.
Fumbling into the unlucky seven spot, Len Dawson for fumbles in a game.
Most Sacks in a Game
A first round pick out of the University of Alabama, the late, great Derrick Thomas knew how to get to the quarterback.
In fact, when his career came to a tragic end in 2000, He had tallied over 125 sacks in his career.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2009, and still holds a record that many say is unbreakable.
It was Veteran's Day 1990, and the Kansas City Chiefs were hosting Dave Krieg and the Seahawks in an AFC West matchup.
The Chiefs were 5-3 and looking to avenge a 19-7 loss a few weeks prior to Seattle. This was a big game, and ol' D.T. knew it.
On that November day, Thomas got to Dave Krieg seven times. But, with only 16 points on the board and one play left, the Chiefs still weren't out of the woods.
On the last play a ferocious Thomas entered the backfield nearly getting Krieg again. But this time he had forced a fumble into the end zone to beat the Chiefs 17-16.
Still to this day I don't think I have seen a more dominating performance.
Nobody will ever get as many sacks ever again in a single game. You can print that on a T-shirt and wear it until you die.
Derrick Thomas sacking seven to get a six spot in the countdown.
Most Interceptions in One Season
Dick Lane was nicknamed the Night Train, and no, I don't think it was after the malt liquor.
The nickname was actually given to him by teammate Tom Fears from a Buddy Morrow album they used to play in the locker room.
At first Lane didn't like it, but the name grew on him.
In his rookie year of 1952, interceptions began to grow on him too after being switched from end to defensive back.
Lane picked off 14 passes in what was then a 12-game season.
Lane would make seven Pro Bowls and record at least three interceptions in all but one season, earning him a trip to Canton in 1974.
Coming in at No. five, Dick The Night Train Lane and his 14 picks back in his rookie year of 1952.
Most Receiving Yards in One Game
Troy Aikman's go-to guy at UCLA, flips onto the list at No. four, with his 336 yard single-game receiving record against the Saints in week 12 of the 1989 season.
Nicknamed Flipper, Willie and Henry Ellard made a solid duo for the Los Angeles Rams in the late 80s and early 90s.
Both had speed and, coupled with Jim Everrette having a career year, were always dangerous for opponents.
Coming into Week 12, Flipper's career high was 112 receiving yards.
Flipper ended with 336 yards receiving on 15 catches, and his 26-yard reception in OT set up the Rams for the game winner.
The 336 yards were 27 better than Stephone Paige's 309 yard effort in '85 for the Chiefs.
Statistically '89 was his best year. He ended his career with over 5000 yards receiving and 28 touchdown catches.
I do not foresee any wideout going for 336 yards anytime soon, especially with the talent at corner these days.
Also take into consideration how many solid wideouts teams have nowadays and how they like to spread the ball around.
At no. four, Flipper Anderson's 336 yard performance in 1989.
Most Receiving Touchdowns in a Career
Perhaps the greatest wide receiver of all time takes the No. 3 spot, and now we're really cookin'.
Rice actually holds a ton of records, but there is one that I feel nobody will ever come close to.
At 197 receiving touchdowns, Rice leads the next active player, Randy Moss, by 49.
Perhaps his best year touchdown-wise was in 1987 where he hauled in 22 scores.
Rice was simply the best to play his position and anybody that says otherwise must know about someone that I haven't seen in the NFL yet.
Rice ended his career after a brief stint in Broncos training camp in 2005.
He ended up leaving camp, signed with the 49ers, and then retired.
Rice was and is a class act to say the least. He netted over 22,000 yards receiving, which is first all time, and catches with over 1,500, also a top spot.
He was also a 13-time Pro Bowler, a Super Bowl XXIII MVP, and a three-time Super Bowl Champion.
NO ONE will ever catch more than 197 touchdowns in the NFL.
The Greatest to ever come out of Mississippi Valley State University, Jerry Rice hauling in our No. 3 spot.
Most 100 Yard Games in a Season/Consecutive
When Barry Sanders left the game of football back at the end of the 1998 season, he was on the verge of breaking Walter Payton's career rushing record.
Instead, Sanders quietly bowed out while he was on top and left the game of football.
Many consider him the greatest pure running back of all time.
His best season came in the 1997 season when he ran for 2053 yards which at the time was good enough for second place all time.
That year he was next to unstoppable, averaging more than six yards per carry and tallying 11 touchdowns.
After a slow start that saw him go for 53 yards combined in the first two games, Sanders did something no other back in football has ever done—he went for over 100 yards 14 consecutive times.
The 14 100-yard games in one season is a record in itself, but to do it in consecutive games says something else.
In Week Seven he went for over 200 against Tampa, in a game that will be remembered for him being tackled, or so we thought, and then running out of the pile and into the end zone for an 82 yard touchdown—perhaps one of the greatest runs ever.
With 14 consecutive 100 yarders, Barry Sanders is the holder of this unbreakable record.
Most Rushing Yards in a Career
One of the great records in sports belongs to one Emmitt James Smith.
Smith holds the record for most rushing yards in NFL history with 18,355.
This, a record that may be impossible to break, with the active leader in the NFL, LaDainian Tomlinson, being more than 5,000 yards behind him.
Smith ran for over 1,000 yards in all but four of his 15 NFL seasons, earning MVP honors in '93, three super bowl rings, and eight Pro Bowls.
His best year was in 1995 when he ran for over 1,700 yards and a then NFL record 25 touchdowns.
No one will ever run for as many yards as Emmitt Smith did.
Records are meant to be broken, but in the case of the previous 10 I have mentioned, it probably won't happen.
The simple fact is that football changes throughout the years and some records will not be broken just based on the evolution of the game.
Picture above is the Favre/Manning combo who are destined to acquire almost all of the passing records.
So again, I ask, what did I miss?
I am sure there are going to be arguments about the list, and that's okay. I want to hear what you have to say, so feel free to rip me, make your own lists, or just shake your head and nod either way.
Like Dennis Miller always said, "That's just my opinion, I could be wrong."