NFL Iron Man
Under the favors of the gods, and the almighty, the least likely position (quarterback) in the NFL just may be given the opportunity to join a select-company-of-one. According to the official stats, Bret Farve consecutive starts is at 269, where Jim Marshal is officially credited with 270, which means opening day Bret Farve ties the record ... or does he? Due to a lack of documentation, the actual record according to Jim's hard core Viking faithful stands pat firmly at 282 consecutive games. So if you're like a me, a Viking fan, the tally shall faithfully continue week after week. The exact moment in time is scheduled to happen at home with in the friendly confines of the Metrodome versus the Cincinnati Bengal's on December 13, 2009, bringing a long awaited birth to the infamy that is Jim Marshall, The NFL's reigning Iron Man. It happens on this day, because the first snap of the following game breaks Iron-Man-Jim's record for all time ... no questions asked.
On that day, the NFL's greatest decoration of honor, of consecutive games started, shall be passed on to a new warrior. Since 1979, this unmistakable and unattainable record, has stood for almost 30 years to the day. Make no mistake ... the greatest badge on honor lies within the salt of consecutive games played, and only another man, such as this warrior, can truly attest to its due. The beam of light that Bret Farve casts upon this particular record, that has drawn upon his life's blood, will be without question. No longer will this monumental achievement be ignored, or spat upon, as if it were something less than what it really is ... the NFL's greatest honor.
This time ... the entire world of NFL football will be watching, both the official and unofficial weekly tally. Earning it as if it were played upon dirt. On this record, the youthful Bret won't be carrying a man upon his back ... he will be carrying an entire league.
The Viking Ghost