By Andrew Fisher @AndrewFisherRS on April 4, 2014
Eli Manning is the active leader for consecutive games played in the NFL (151). However, he's not even close to breaking into the conversation of the greatest iron men in American sports history.
In this slideshow we'll take a look at the top iron men in NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA history:
Larmer played in 884 consecutive games for the Blackhawks (1982-1993), which is an NHL record for most consecutive games played with one team.
We all know how Manning's tenure in Indianapolis didn't end in spectacular fashion. But from 1998 through 2010, the guy didn't miss a single game for the Colts.
Garvey was a 10-time All-Star and the NL MVP back in 1974. He still holds the record for most consecutive games played in National League history.
Scott played for five MLB teams from 1914 to 1926, including stints with the Red Sox and Yankees. During that time he played in a record 1,307 games in a row.
Unger played in the NHL from 1968 - 1983. During his career he set the record for consecutive games played with 914.
Green is the NBA's iron man with nearly 1,200 consecutive games played. Given how many nights we see players take off these days, it's likely that Green's mark will never be broken.
Jarvis is the NHL's iron man with 964 consecutive games played. In fact, he NEVER missed a game during his 14-year career.
Gehrig was MLB's iron man for many years. If he hadn't come down with his now infamous illness, who knows where the streak would have ended. It was revealed later in his life that Gehrig had played though multiple bone fractures during his streak.
Speaking of guys who played with broken bones, that brings us to Brett Favre. Of all his NFL records, he's openly admitted that his CGP streak means the most to him. It's not impossible, but it's highly unlikely that his mark will ever be broken. Mainly, it's because of the modern day concussion protocol in the NFL.
We all know who THE iron man in sports history is -- it's Cal Ripken Jr. The standard for CGP streaks was set by the legendary shortstop back in 1995, but he didn't stop there. Ripken would go on to play three more full seasons worth of games before taking a day off.
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