Players with the Most Regular Season Games Played in NFL History

Danish-Born Morten Andersen Played In More NFL Games Than Anybody Else

Danish-Born Morten Andersen Played In More NFL Regular Season Games Than Anybody Else

Twenty-five season, five-team kicker Morten Andersen got as close to 400 regular season games played as anyone in NFL history. Andersen booted 565 field goals and 849 extra points in 382 games.

The top three players who played the most games – the only who suited up over 350 times – all “touched” the ball with their feet: two kickers and a punter.

Hybrid QB-K George Blanda is the first (at least partially) non-K/P to appear on today’s list, but the first complete non-kicker/punter to play in over 300 games is arguably the best player ever, too.

It’s Jerry Rice. Now how about that kind of longevity for a wide receiver – and not just any wide receiver. Rice left it all out there all the time from the beginning to the end of his Hall of Fame career.

Only one other pure non-kicker/punter played in over 300 contests. It makes sense that it’s quarterback Brett Favre, famous for his all-time QB record 297 consecutive games started. Favre is the NFL’s all-time Iron Man.

Of the top 20 players with the most games played, more than half (11) were either punters or kickers. They just don’t suffer the wear and tear other positions do.

So, let’s take ’em out in list two below.

What about most total games played (regular + postseason) or just plain old most postseason games? Answers here and here, in that order.

MOST GAMES PLAYED, ALL POSITIONS

  PLAYER POS. GAMES PLAYED CAREER SPAN
1. Morten Andersen K 382 1982-2007
2. Gary Anderson K 353 1982-2004
3. Jeff Feagles P 352 1988-2009
4. George Blanda QB-K 340 1949-1975
5. Jason Hanson K 327 1992-2012
6. Jerry Rice WR 303 1985-2004
7. John Carney K 302 1988-2010
7. Brett Favre QB 302 1991-2010
9. John Kasay K 301 1991-2011
10. Matt Stover K 297 1991-2009
11. Bruce Matthews G-C-T 296 1983-2001
12. Darrell Green CB 295 1983-2002
13. Adam Vinatieri * K 290 1996-Present
14. Sean Landeta P 284 1985-2005
15. Jim Marshall DE 282 1960-1979
16. Trey Junkin TE-LB 281 1983-2002
17. Bruce Smith DE 279 1985-2003
18. Clay Matthews LB 278 1978-1996
19. Norm Johnson K 273 1982-1999
20. Tony Gonzalez TE 270 1997-2013

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MOST GAMES PLAYED, MINUS KICKERS AND PUNTERS

PLAYER POS. GAMES PLAYED CAREER SPAN
1. Jerry Rice WR 303 1985-2004 
2. Brett Favre QB 302 1991-2010 
3. Bruce Matthews G-C-T 296 1983-2001 
4. Darrell Green CB 295 1983-2002 
5. Jim Marshall DE 282 1960-1979 
6. Trey Junkin TE-LB 281 1983-2002 
7. Bruce Smith DE 279 1985-2003 
8. Clay Matthews LB 278 1978-1996 
9. Tony Gonzalez TE 270 1997-2013 
10. Junior Seau LB 268 1990-2009 
11. Lomas Brown T 263 1985-2002 
12. Ray Brown G 262 1986-2005 
13. Jackie Slater T 259 1976-1995 
14. Peyton Manning * QB 256 1998-Present
14. London Fletcher LB 256 1998-2013 
14. David Binn C 256 1994-2010 
17. Tim Brown WR 255 1988-2004 
17. Irving Fryar WR 255 1984-2000 
17. Earl Morrall QB 255 1956-1976 
20. Mike Kenn T 251 1978-1994

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