Etched in Stone: Brett Favre and the 20 Most Unbreakable Sports Records

Philip DodsonCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2010

Etched In Stone: Brett Favre And The 20 Most Unbreakable Sports Records

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    Not all records are meant to be broken.  Every year records fall, significant names in sports history are lost, and present athletes etch their names into the record books.

    Modern athletes benefit from the advances in health, fitness and sports technology. More then ever, the playing field has leveled and the parity in performance is evident in every sport.

    Here are 20 unbreakable records in sports that won't be challenged anytime soon. 

Barry Sanders: 2,628 Rushing Yards in a Season

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    Averaging 238.9 yards per game, Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State reached this lofty FBS record in 1988. Even more impressive is that Sanders reached 2,628 rushing yards in only 11 games.

    With most teams playing 13 or 14 games in a season, one would think this mark would be in jeopardy. The speed, schemes, and talent of modern-day defenses simply won't allow another player to challenge this mark. 

Pete Rose: 4,256 Career Hits

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    While most players strive for 3,000 hits in a career, Rose went above and beyond with his total of 4,256. The former Red, Philly, and Expo star passed the previous mark sent by Ty Cobb at 4,189.

    The closest active player is Derek Jeter, who sits at 2,929 hits during his career. Rose played a total of 23 seasons, averaging just under 200 hits per season.

    If any player will challenge this record they will need to hit the ball consistently, and stay healthy for at least 20 seasons. 

Barry Bonds: 73 Home Runs in a Season

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    With no asterisk in front of this record, Barry Bonds set the MLB single-season home run record in 2001. Hitting 73 dingers with the San Francisco Giants, he surpassed the previous mark set by Mark McGwire in 1998.

    Only Prince Fielder, Jim Thome, Andruw Jones, and Alex Rodriguez have passed the 50-home run mark since Bonds memorable season.

    With a serious crackdown on performance-enhancing drugs, it is safe to say this record will not be broken. 

Eddie Gaedel: The Shortest Player To Ever Play In The Majors

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    A pure publicity stunt, St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck signed Eddie Gaedel during the 1951 season.

    Gaedel stood 3 feet 7 inches tall and wore the number 1/8. He made his only plate appearance on Aug. 19, being was walked on four consecutive pitches.

    The shortest player in recent MLB history was Josh Labandiera of the Montreal Expos who stood 5 feet 7 inches. 

Cal Ripken Jr.: 2,632 Consecutive Games Played

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    The Hall of Fame shortstop was the headline of the 1995 baseball season. Ripken reached 2,131 consecutive games on Sept. 6, surpassing the 56-year record held by Yankee great Lou Gehrig.

    The former Oriole great played another 500 consecutive games following that night. He played from 1981 until 2001, being named to 19 All-Star games.

    Etching this record in stone, today it is rare to see a player participate in every game during the course of a season. 

Brett Favre: 347 Career Interceptions

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    While his 507 career touchdown passes may be challenged, don't expect his 335 career interceptions to go down easy. Potentially nearing retirement this season, the former Packer great has glittered many pages of the NFL record books.

    Playing since 1991, Favre has always presented an all-or-nothing quarterback mentality that doesn't fly with modern-day NFL coaches.

    Any future quarterback chasing this dubious mark will be cut long before they come close. 

Wilt Chamberlain: 100 Points in a Game

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    Today, if a team can score 100 points in a game they stand a good chance of winning. On March 2, 1963, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors reached the century mark against the New York Knicks. 

    In 2006, Kobe Bryant did his best to challenge this unreachable record by scoring 81 points for the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Nolan Ryan: Seven Career No-Hitters

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    The "Ryan Express" threw his first no-hitter in 1973, and his last came during the 1991 season with the Texas Rangers.

    The Texas native played for 27 seasons including stints with the Rangers, Astros, Mets, and Angels.

    The closest pitcher on this list is Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax throwing four no-hitters with the Dodgers. 

1995-1996 Chicago Bulls: 72 Wins In A Season

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    Led by Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson, the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls dominated the NBA with a remarkable 72-10 record on the season. The Bulls breezed by the previous mark of 69 wins set by the 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers.

    The last franchise to chase this record was the Dallas Mavericks in 2006-2007, who finished with 67 victories on the season. 

Wilt Chamberlin: 55 Rebounds in a Game

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    To think just a month ago, the nation was amazed when Kevin Love grabbed 31 rebounds in a game. On November 24, 1960, "Wilt the Stilt" hauled in 55 rebounds against the Boston Celtics.

    Chamberlain averaged 22.9 rebounds per game during his career.

    This record is safe considering, any NBA team would be thrilled to grab 55 as a team during one game. 

UCLA Basketball: 88 Consecutive Victories And Seven Straight NCAA Titles

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    Over the course of four years (1971-1974), the UCLA Bruins men's basketball team won an amazing 88 straight games. The streak came at the tail-end of a NCAA record seven consecutive national titles from 1967 until 1973.

    Led by John Wooden, the Bruins put together one of the best decades of winning regardless of sport.

    Currently, the Connecticut women's team sits at 87 consecutive victories. Don't be surprised if the women's mark is challenged in the future. 

Lance Armstrong: Seven Straight Tour De France Victories

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    Held since 1903, the Tour de France is the biggest national event in the sport of cycling. American Lance Armstrong won seven straight titles, surpassing the previous record set by Spaniard Miguel Indurain from 1999 and 2005.

    The American icon won the three-week race every year from 1999 until 2005. 

Prairie View A&M: 80 Consecutive Defeats

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    From 1989 until 1998, the Prairie View A&M Panther football team lost 80 consecutive games. The dubious mark almost doubled the previous record held by Columbia University of 44 consecutive loses.

    With reduced scholarships available at the FBS level, talent and parity can be found at all levels of collegiate football. This nearly 10-year losing streak will never be touched. 

Gordie Howe: Oldest Player To Play in The NHL

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    "Mr. Hockey" himself laced up the hockey skates in 1979 for the Hartford Whalers at the age of 52 years old. Howe managed to play in all 80 games for the Whalers, scoring 15 goals and helping the team reach the playoffs.  

    Howe is the only NHL athlete to play in five (1940's through 1980's) different decades.

Terrell Suggs: 24 Sacks in One Season

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    The current Baltimore Raven wreaked havoc on Pac-10 quarterbacks in 2002. The former Arizona State star averaged nearly two sacks per game on his way to a NCAA-record 24 sacks in one season.

    It will take one remarkable defensive player to get past zone blocking and double-teams to challenge this mark. 

Boston Celtics: Eight Consecutive NBA Titles

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    The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers are the two most storied and successful franchises in NBA history. One thing the Lakers haven't done is win eight consecutive NBA finals.

    The Celtics accomplished this amazing feat from 1959 until 1966. With free agency and talent on every NBA roster, the chance of any team nearing this record is unthinkable. 

Rickey Henderson: 1,406 Career Stolen Bases

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    The art of stealing bases in baseball seems to be a thing of the past. Henderson broke Lou Brock's historic mark with the Oakland Athletics during the early '90s.

    Brock's mark of 938 career stolen bases looks small considering that Henderson retired with a total of 1,406 career steals.

    The closest active player is Juan Pierre with 527 stolen bases during his career. 

Cy Young: Most Wins and Losses in a Career

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    While he holds the record for most wins in a career, Cy Young also lost a remarkable 316 games during his 22-year baseball career. The right-handed baseball legend went 511 and 316 in 906 appearances.

    The closest active player on this list is the 40-something wonder Jamie Moyer who sits at 195 losses. 

    Walter Johnson is second in wins with 417, and Moyer is also the active leader in wins at 258. 

Brett Favre: 297 Consecutive Starts

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    After the streak finished this past week, this record can finally be etched in stone. Brett Favre started 297 consecutive games at quarterback during his NFL career. Counting the playoffs, the total increases to 321 games.

    The Vikings quarterback broke into the league in 1991, and has consistently battled through injuries.

    Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning currently sits at 205 consecutive starts and will need to play until the age of 40 to challenge Favre's record. 

Derrick Thomas: Seven Sacks in One Game

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    The late Derrick Thomas played a game to remember on Nov. 11, 1990, against the Seattle Seahawks. The Chiefs linebacker/defensive end sacked Dave Krieg an amazing seven times in one game.

    Most current sack specialists would be thrilled to pile up seven sacks in a season. Thomas recorded 126.5 sacks during a NFL career that spanned from 1989 until 1999.