On Tuesday, Vegas Golden Knights winger Phil Kessel will set an NHL record for 990 consecutive games played. He will join the ranks of athletes known for their longevity.
Kessel, 35, who will surpass Keith Yandle, has played for five teams in his 16-year NHL career. He won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Here are the players who own the Iron Man moniker in different sports.
iron Man: Cal Ripken Jr.
Band: 2632 games
Whom did he surpass: Lou Gehrig (2130 games)
Ripken’s pursuit of the Gehrig mark is considered the gold standard for these records, because Ripken was required to never take a day off for long-distance travel, or for a day game after a night game, or, you know, just for a break. Ripken, who played his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles, has played over 8,200 innings.
A person born on the day this streak began in 1982 could have been a licensed driver in most states when it ended in 1998.
Are there relatives? Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson played in 296 straight games. Last season, he was one of only two players to play in all 162 regular season games.
iron Man: green alternating current
Band: 1192 games
Whom did he surpass: Randy Smith (906 games)
In the 1980s with the Los Angeles Lakers, Green was the team’s top rebounder, leading the Lakers on the boards for six of his eight seasons in Los Angeles. He won three NBA championships with the Lakers and also played for the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and Miami Heat.
Green’s strip, which began in 1986 and continued until 2001, covered parts of four different presidential administrations.
Are there relatives? Mikal Bridges, a 26-year-old small forward, is about 800 games behind Green. In an era where NBA players have scheduled a break, Green’s streak may last for a while.
iron womanStory by: Aya Wilson
Band: 98 games and counting
Wilson has played virtually non-stop since joining the league with the Las Vegas Aces in 2018. During this time, she won two MVP titles, played in four WNBA All-Star Games and won the 2022 WNBA title.
This number only takes into account WNBA games. Wilson played one season for the Shaanxi (China) Red Wolves. She has also competed in two FIBA World Championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, winning gold medals in all three events.
iron ManStory by: Brett Favre
Band: 299 games and 297 consecutive starts.
Player Jeff Figgles has played in more games (352), but Favre is recognized as the NFL’s Iron Man. Favre, who started with the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, and Minnesota Vikings, is one of only four QBs to start 200 or more games in a row.
Over the course of 297 starts, Favre played with a variety of injuries such as shoulder cuts, ankle sprains, tendinitis and broken bones. He kept the streak alive by playing the day after his father’s death. In that game, he threw four touchdowns in the first half.
Are there relatives? This entry is one of the few for QB not owned by Tom Brady. However, Brady is the active leader in consecutive QB starts with 93. In terms of non-quarterbacks, 36-year-old JJ Jansen has played in 216 straight games.