Tom Brady Among NFL's 'Iron Men'

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December 04, 2012 at 02:00pm ET

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It's hard to believe 2008 was that long ago.

Tom Brady is among the NFL's 'Iron Men' with 60 consecutive regular season starts. (FILE:USPresswire)

Tom Brady's season was over before it really got started that year, and one year later he was back and as we know he hasn't really skipped a beat and hasn't missed a game since.  Taking a quick look today Brady has managed to string together 60 straight regular season games, ranking 4th among active NFL quarterbacks.

Leading the current list of "iron men" is Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who has 130 straight regular season starts, followed by San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (108) and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (76).

There's a 13 start difference between Brady and the guys tied for the fifth spot, with Atlanta's Matt Ryan and the Jets' Mark Sanchez both having started 47 straight consecutive games.  Ryan's club currently sits tied for the NFL's best record with Houston at 11-1, but Sanchez's future appears a little cloudy.  He was yanked from Sunday's 7-6 win over Arizona after throwing three first half interceptions, including one on the first play of the game.

Needless to say he may see his consecutive start streak come to an end in the near future.

However, there's something to be said for what Brady has managed to accomplish, especially when you look at the fact  he's still playing at a high level after all these years.

Had it not been for Bernard Pollard...but that's another story.