Peyton Manning’s iron-man streak of 208 consecutive regular-season starts by a quarterback may be ending, but at least it’ll still reside within the family.
Eli Manning of the New York Giants, who play the Washington Redskins in an NFL opener Sunday, is next in line with 103.
Not that he’s paying any attention.
“I don’t know what my number is,” Manning, 30, said. “You try to be out there every week and perform and be out on the field with your teammates. It’s not something I’m keeping track of.”
Despite hurting his shoulder in 2007 and his foot in 2009, Manning didn’t sit. “There’s been a few down the road that it’s been a Friday decision or game-time decision,” Manning said. “That’s going to happen every once in awhile, but I’ve always felt I could perform at a high level and be the best option for the team.”
As for the consecutive-games streak among players at all positions, Ronde Barber (183) and London Fletcher (163) are ahead of Manning, who’s thinking only of Sunday.
“Hopefully get to this one on Sunday and add another one.”