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NFL: 10 Records That No One Has Been Able to Break

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Records are meant to be broken. In the NFL, that saying couldn’t be any more true.

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Here’s a look at 10 most unbreakable records in NFL history.

1.  Most career interceptions

  • Record:  81
  • Held By:  Paul Krause

Here at The Cheat Sheet, we see Krause’s record of 81 career interceptions standing the test of time. The next closest active player in recent memory was Charles Woodson of the Oakland Raiders, who finished with 65 career interceptions. After Woodson hung up his cleats at the end of 2015, no one else currently playing comes close.

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2.  Most sacks in a single game

  • Record:  7
  • Held By:  Derrick Thomas

On November 11, 1990, Thomas terrorized the Seattle Seahawks by racking up an NFL single-game record seven sacks. Despite the amazing effort from the future Hall of Famer, the Chiefs ended up losing the game 17-16. Thomas was actually a hair away from finishing the game off with his eighth sack of the game. In an ironic turn of events, Seattle quarterback Dave Krieg slipped through Thomas’ fingers right before throwing the game-winning touchdown pass to Paul Skansi.

Nothing is impossible, but we don’t see this record falling anytime soon.

3.  Most career receiving yards

  • Record:  22,895
  • Held By:  Jerry Rice

4.  Most career touchdown receptions

  • Record:  197
  • Held By:  Jerry Rice

5.  Most career receptions

  • Record:  1,549
  • Held By:  Jerry Rice

The NFL’s career receiving record book practically belongs to Rice. He was so good for so long that his career records for  receiving yards, touchdown receptions, and receptions are likely out of reach for any other receiver or tight end for the foreseeable future. The current career leaders in all three categories have little to no chance at catching Rice, and the young up-and-comers will have to play at a Pro Bowl level for at least the next 15 years to have a chance at catching Rice.

6.  Most career rushing yards


  • Record:  18,355
  • Held By:  Emmitt Smith

Running backs in today’s NFL simply don’t last long enough to seriously challenge this record. Smith played 15 years in the league, and ran for 1,000 or more yards in 11 of those seasons. To put things into perspective, the active leader in career rushing yards is Steven Jackson with 11,388 yards. Jackson is currently a free agent and may have played his last down of football in the NFL.

7.  Most career regular season wins by a coach

  • Record:  347
  • Held By:  Don Shula

Shula spent 33 years as an NFL head coach – 26 with the Miami Dolphins and seven with the Baltimore Colts. He led the Dolphins to two Super Bowl titles and the only perfect season in NFL history. Current NFL head coaches hold little to no job security, which means Shula’s record of 328 career regular season wins will likely never be broken.

8.  Most career touchdown passes

  • Record:  539
  • Held By:  Peyton Manning

Manning broke this record during the 2014 season, and likely put it out of reach for any current NFL quarterback during the 2015 season. The five-time NFL MVP has 111 more touchdown passes than the next closest two active quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

9.  Most interceptions in a single season

  • Record:  14
  • Held By:  Dick “Night Train” Lane

Lane set this record in 1952 when the NFL still played a 12-game schedule, and we have a hard time seeing it ever face a serious challenge. The NFL now plays a 16-game schedule, and the last time a player recorded a season with double-digit interceptions was when Antonio Cromartie finished the 2007 season with 10 interceptions on the dot. This record is unbreakable.

10.  Most consecutive starts by a quarterback

  • Record:  297
  • Held By:  Brett Favre

Favre is to the NFL what Cal Ripkin Jr. is to Major League Baseball. His 297 consecutive starts would account for just over 18 full NFL seasons, which is far longer than the average length of an NFL career. It’s extremely uncommon for a quarterback – or any football player for that matter – to be able to last as long as Favre did without missing a start. Again, we strongly believe this record is unbreakable.

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