Time marches on

Monday night marks Brett Favre's 200th consecutive start as the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers. Those who follow the team are so used to hearing the numbers tick by, Favre's monumental accomplishment of getting there gets lost.<p> Let's put the scope of Favre's streak in perspective, beginning with the Packers and branching out to the rest of the world:<p>

Packers: During Favre's 199 consecutive regular-season starts since Week 3 of the 1992 season, the Packers are 131-68 (.658). In their 199 games before Favre took over, the team was 76-122-1 (.382). Remember, one of the wins before Favre's starting streak began can also be attributed to the amazing QB. He came off the bench vs. Cincinnati on Sept. 20, 1992 to engineer a come-from behind win.

NFL: Coming into this season an amazing 172 men have started at quarterback for other teams while Favre alone manned the Packers' helm. This season has seen that list grow with the addition of Eli Manning (NY Giants), Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh), Craig Krenzel (Chicago), Carson Palmer (Cincinnati), Ken Dorsey (San Francisco).

Super Bowl: Fifteen days before Favre was traded to the Packers, the Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills 37-34 in Super Bowl XXVI. Since then, and since Favre's streak began on Sept. 27, 1992, eight teams have claimed the crown including the Packers. Dallas accomplished a hat-trick, while New England and Denver won two apiece.

Sports: While Favre has kept the Packers consistent contenders, other teams have experienced dramatic changes in fortune. Back in '92, the Chicago Bulls were about to begin their second consecutive NBA championship season - they went to win four more. A momumental collapse followed and the Bulls have been in the league's cellar for six seasons.

Politics: The president of the United States was George H.W. Bush, followed by two full terms for Bill Clinton, then followed by George W. Bush who will be inaugurated into his second term a couple of days after this season's Divisional Playoffs. That means that during Favre's tenure in Green Bay there have been four presidential elections, three men in the Oval office, two presidential party changes and two two-term presidents.

Technology: When Favre took his first snap as starter in '92, the internet was in its infancy, air bags weren't standard equipment in most cars, and no one had heard of a DVD.

Life: A child born on the day that Favre made his first start for Green Bay would now be 12 years old and a middle school student.

A fan who was a freshman in high school when Favre's streak started could have by now have completed a law degree.

Note: This is the first in a series of articles on Favre's approaching 200th consecutive start. Watch PackerReport.com through the week for more on Favre's amazing reign.

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