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Tom Brady Becomes First Quarterback to 300 Career Starts

Tom Brady
(AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Throughout his no-doubt Hall-of-Fame career, Tom Brady has set tons of records. His next will come Thursday night when Brady joins the 300 starts club against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback will become the first quarterback in National Football League history to join the 300 games started club.

Brady’s career has been with just two teams: the New England Patriots (283 starts) and the Buccaneers (16 starts). If he would have retired instead of signing with Tampa Bay, Brady would have finished fifth on the all-time starts list behind Brett Favre, Bruce Matthews, Drew Brees, Jerry Rice.

Through the first 301 games played and 299 starts, Brady has passed for 79,204 yards, 581 touchdowns, and 191 interceptions. Maybe the most important number of his career is seven. The number of Super Bowls he has won as the starting quarterback.

With seven Super Bowl rings in 21 seasons, Brady has been a mainstay in the NFL Playoffs. During that run, he has started 45 games in the postseason, racking up 12,449 yards, 83 touchdowns, and just 38 interceptions with a 34-11 record. His 45 playoff games played in is far and away the most in league history. The two closest players are Adam Vinatieri (32 games) and Stephen Gostkowski (29 games). Each of them was a long-time kicker for his Super Bowl-winning Patriot teams.

Brady 300 Starts

Brady making 300 starts isn’t completely unprecedented if you’re counting kickers though. There are currently 10 players who have appeared in more games than Brady’s 301. Ahead of him are Morten Andersen, Adam Vinatieri, Gary Anderson, Jeff Feagles, George Blanda, Jason Hanson, Phil Dawson, Jerry Rice, John Carney, and Brett Favre. It was Favre (298 starts) who Brady passed last season for the record of most career starts.

Andersen’s record of 382 games played seems untouchable at this point. For Tom Brady to eclipse that record, he would need to play in every game of a 17 game season for almost the next five years. Though it isn’t impossible for Brady, eventually he will either become too old or just get bored.

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