It’s rare to see a professional athlete make history by not playing, but that is exactly what Brett Favre will do when he sits out of the Minnesota Vikings starting lineup Monday night.
By putting their quarterback on the inactive list for their highly anticipated game against the New York Giants, the Vikings have officially ended Favre’s NFL-record streak of 297 consecutive regular season starts.
Favre, of course, came into this week dealing with pain from a shoulder strain suffered on December 5.
Tavaris Jackson, who led Minnesota to a 38-14 victory in Week 13 will replace the legendary quarterback in the starting lineup.
Favre, 41, has started every game he’s played in since September 20, 1992 when he replaced an injured Don Majkowski. Thus began a memorable, historic 16-year career filled peaks and valleys well-documented by even the most casual of football fans.
With 297 consecutive starters under his belt, Favre’s streak is 92 games longer than the second-longest streak among quarterbacks in NFL history held by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
Favre’s illustrious career includes three MVP awards, a Super Bowl championship and nearly every important passing record in the league’s history including most completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Despite two brief retirements along the way, it ended up being a big hit from Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats to finally put Favre out of commission.
Minnesota is coming into tonight’s game against the Giants with a 5-7 record. A loss would officially eliminate the Vikings from playoff contention – and likely kill any chance of fans seeing Favre in anymore games of what is likely the last year of his professional career.