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    Larry Izzo played in the NFL at the position of linebacker for 14 years and played in 200 games. Never starting in a single one of them.

    If you included kickers, LS, and punters Mort Anderson hold the record for most years/games without starting.

    But not including K, LS, & P does Larry hold the record for the longest career as a backup/special teamer?
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    Re: Does Larry Izzo hold the record?.....

    Apparently not.
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    Re: Does Larry Izzo hold the record?.....

    I don't know if I'd accept the list from profootballreference.com as gospel. They have Doug Atkins, a first round pick in 1953 and a Hall of Fame DE over 16 plus years as never having started a game........
    Hall of Famers » DOUG ATKINS
    It may be true but highly unlikely.
    Call me skeptical....
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    Re: Does Larry Izzo hold the record?.....

    several oldtimers are on that list, like Max McGee, who were always starters. My guess is that starts were not kept as a statistic in the 50s, 60s, and maybe 70s.
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    Re: Does Larry Izzo hold the record?.....

    Yeah there's like 25+ Hall of Famers on that list who never started a game lol.
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    Re: Does Larry Izzo hold the record?.....


    Whatever that list is it's a lot wackier than that. Don Maynard and Buck Buchanan never started a game?

    All I know is, for a 225 pound guy on a team that used 240+ linebackers exclusively, he could play a bit compared to the nameless "backups" we had at the position. He has an interception and 3 passes defensed for us and those aren't special teams stats.

    Obviously, we didn't want him or any other of our backups in there.
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    Re: Does Larry Izzo hold the record?.....

    What are the chances that for players who played in 50s, they have searched for games started, and the stat isn't available or says 0 because it wasn't collect then, and they have thought 'that HoF didn't start any games!'
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    Re: Does Larry Izzo hold the record?.....

    Or 60's, and I would say the chances are excellent.

    Also S.I. lists only his defensive (obviously not his ST) tackles and he has a career total of 17, all between 1996 and 2006.
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    Re: Does Larry Izzo hold the record?.....

    That is quite likely, but the guy at the top of the list was playing last season. :)
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    Yes, Izzo played more games without starting than anyone who was not a LS, K or P.

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    Re: Does Larry Izzo hold the record?.....

    Yeah, but the OP wondered excluding P, K and LS. And Binn is a long snapper :)
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