Eli Manning started his first career NFL game at quarterback for the New York Giants on November 14, 2004. He started every regular season (and playoff) game for the Giants since. That streak of 210 consecutive regular-season starts will come to an end this Sunday (Dec. 3) as New York has announced Geno Smith will start under center against the Oakland Raiders.

Those 210 consecutive regular-season starts are the second-most ever by a quarterback, trailing only Brett Favre’s 297. It has been over 13 years since Manning last wasn’t the GiantsStarting Quarterback.

Here’s what was going on in American Professional Sports when Manning began his impressive streak.


Less than a month prior to Manning making his first career start, the Boston Red Sox ended their 86-year championship drought by sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Prior to that, in the American League Championship Series, Boston became the first team to ever overcome a 3-0 series deficit by defeating the New York Yankees in four straight games.

Manning's streak began before the Washington Nationals ever played a game, as 2004 was the Montreal Expos' last season. Vladimir Guerrero was named American League MVP and Barry Bonds won the last of his seven National League MVP trophies in the 2004 season.


Almost exactly five months before Manning's streak started, the Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 to win the 2004 NBA Championship. Chauncey Billups was named Finals MVP, as his Detroit team defeated a Los Angeles team that featured Shaquille O'Neal, Karl Malone, Gary Payton, and a young 25-year-old Kobe Bryant.

LeBron James was just six games into his second NBA season when Manning began his streak. Steve Nash was only a few games into his Phoenix Suns tenure, as was Carlos Boozer with the Utah Jazz.


Some things do not change. In the 2004 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots were the top two seeds in the AFC while the Philadelphia Eagles led the NFC.

That is also the case 12 weeks into the 2017 season. 13 years ago, the Patriots defeated Philadelphia in the Super Bowl.

The Giants were 5-3 when they decided to bench current Hall of Famer Kurt Warner for Manning, the first overall selection in the 2004 NFL Draft. The Giants went on to lose their next seven games before giving Manning his first NFL win in the regular season finale against the Dallas Cowboys.


The Tampa Bay Lightning were crowned the Stanley Cup Champions in June of 2004 by defeating the Calgary Flames four games to three. Brad Richards was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner.

The 2004-05 NHL season was wiped out due to a labor stoppage. Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin didn’t make their NHL debuts until the following season, about another 11 months after Manning began his consecutive starts streak. That same 2005-06 season was the last time Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull played.