The NFL record book is hallowed ground. If your name is in there, you would probably be considered an all-time great. Your name would be in there with the likes of Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Jerry Rice, Emmett Smith, Ray Lewis, and a whole slew of others. But not every record is glamorous. Not every player is known just for greatness. Here are 7 NFL records no one wants to break.
Most Interceptions in a Career: Brett Favre (336)
Brett Favre had a long and storied career with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Jets. He was also with the Atlanta Falcons, but that lasted only 1 season and is more of a footnote in his career. At the time of his retirement, he was the all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, and quarterback wins. Favre was also the first NFL quarterback to get to 70,000 yards, 10,000 passes, 6,000 completions, 500 touchdowns, 200 wins, and was the first quarterback to win against all 32 NFL teams. However, with 336 career interceptions, he’s also top of the board for most interceptions in a career by a quarterback. It doesn’t take away from all his other accomplishments, but being known as the quarterback with the most picks is something quarterbacks don’t want to be known for.
Most Times Sacked in a Career: Ben Roethlisberger (554)
Ben Roethlisberger is in the NFL record book for the most 500-yard passing games (4), most career perfect passer rating games (4, tied with Peyton Manning), and most completions in an NFL game regular or postseason (47) among other records. But there’s one record Big Ben probably doesn’t want to be known for, and it’s being the most sacked quarterback in NFL history. Between 2004-2021, Roethlisberger was sacked a whopping 554 times. The physical toll all those hits can take on the body is immense. An example of how many times Roethlisberger was sacked was 2006, when in week 12 the Baltimore Ravens defense sacked him 9 times in a 27-0 blowout Ravens win. To be fair to the Pittsburgh Steelers, they’ve always been better known for their defensive line.
Most Drops in a Season (since 2006): Braylon Edwards (19)
Imagine setting the same record in back to back seasons. Braylon Edwards did that with 19 drops in a season in back to back season in 2007 and 2008 with the Cleveland Browns. During his college career at Michigan, Edwards was a breakout star. He became the first Big 10 wide receiver to get three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons and held the program record for most receiving yards in a season until Jeremy Gallon broke it in 2013. In 2005, the Cleveland Browns selected Edwards with the 3rd overall pick in the NFL Draft. In 2007 and 2008, Edwards led the NFL in drops at 19. Imagine how things would’ve been if those drops were caught, especially if it could’ve been a touchdown. However, despite his misfortunes with the drops, Braylon Edwards’ 2007 season still saw him get named to a Pro Bowl and Second Team All-Pro.
Shortest Punt: Sean Landeta (-7 yards)
Sean Landeta had a long career, and showed how long special teamers last. Landeta began his career with the USFL’s Philadelphia Stars in 1983, and played in the USFL until its demise in 1985. From 1985-1993, he was a member of the New York Giants, winning 2 Super Bowls in that span. He was also named to both the NFL All 1980’s Team and NFL All 1990’s Team. His 60,707 career punting yards puts him 4th all-time in NFL history. However, he also holds the record for the shortest punt in NFL history at -7 yards. In 1985, the Chicago Bears were easily the best team in the league, their only loss being a Monday Night Football upset by the Miami Dolphins. Landeta was punting out of his own end zone when he kind of dropped the ball and missed it. The ball was scooped up and taken in for a touchdown by Bears DB Shaun Gayle.
Most Consecutive Losses by a Starting Quarterback: Dan Pastorini (21)
Houston Oilers QB Dan Pastorini was one tough customer. During his time with the Oilers, Pastorini only missed 5 regular season games, playing through broken ribs, and was one of the first NFL quarterbacks to use the “flak jacket” that protects broken ribs while playing. He didn’t have anywhere near a decent offensive line until 1977 when Houston brought in Joe Bugel as offensive line coach, and by 1978 had a more run based offense centered around Hall of Famer Earl Campbell. From 1972-1974, Pastorini had 21 consecutive losses as the Oilers starting quarterback. 1972 saw the Oilers limp to a 1-13 record, with 1973 being much of the same. 1974, however, saw a major improvement in the first full season under head coach Sid Gillman, with the Oilers going 7-7. The Oilers traded Pastorini to the Oakland Raiders in 1980 for an aging, past his prime Ken Stabler. After his playing career ended in 1983 with the Philadelphia Eagles, Pastorini raced hydroplanes and raced a top fuel dragster in the NHRA, winning the 1986 NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta.
Worst Win Percentage by a Starting Quarterback (post-1970, minimum 50 starts): Archie Manning (.263)
At the time, the 1971 NFL Draft class was heralded as the Year of the Quarterback. The first overall pick was Jim Plunkett, and the third was the aforementioned Dan Pastorini. But between them was Archie Manning. Known today as the father of Peyton and Eli, Archie played for some horrendous New Orleans Saints teams in the 1970’s. Nine of the ten seasons he was their starter, they had a losing record. 1979 was the only non losing season, and even then it was 8-8. Paul Zimmerman of Sports Illustrated said that defensive lineman would take it easy on Manning due to his poor protection. The Saints at this point in time were so bad, they were known simply as the Aints. Fans would routinely appear at games with paper bags over their heads. Because of how atrocious the Saints were in this era, Manning had only a .263 win percentage, the lowest of all starting quarterbacks since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger and minimum of 50 starts. He was named to two Pro Bowls in 1978 and 1979, and is a member of the New Orleans Saints Ring of Honor. Due to his stellar college career at Ole Miss, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
Most Yards Lost from Sacks in a Career: Fran Tarkenton (5,201)
Fran Tarkenton is a quarterback best known for his thirteen seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. During that time, he was considered to have been an early example of a dual-threat quarterback. But there was a reason he scrambled. “We didn’t have a great offensive line. We couldn’t knock people down. We couldn’t protect the passer well,” Tarkenton said. “They beat me to death. They bloodied me. I said ‘I gotta do something. I gotta change how this position is played or we’re not gonna win a game’.” In total, Tarkenton lost a total of 5,201 yards from getting sacked in his career. Tarkenton still had a phenomenal career. He was a 9 time Pro Bowl selection and was the 1975 NFL MVP. He’s in both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame. After his playing career ended, he became a commentator for Monday Night Football and was a software executive.