Tom Brady, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, will appear in a regular season NFL game of the regular season for the 300th time Saturday against the Detroit Lions.
Reaching the 300-game plateau, Brady will become only the third non-kicker to ever reach that mark in their NFL career. Brett Favre has appeared in 302 regular-season games during his career with the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. Jerry Rice has the most appearances for a non-kicker with 303 career games for the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks.
With only two games left in the regular season, it will be until early next year for Brady to put Favre and Rice on the list.
George Blanda has somewhat an asterisk in this regard with 340 games played. This mark includes 10 years of first-team quarterback play for the Chicago Bears and Houston Oilers. However, the last nine seasons of his career, starting at the age of 40, have been largely like a kicker for the Raiders.
Morten Andersen is the all-time leader in career games played with 382 appearances in 25 seasons in the NFL. He played for the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings. Jason Hanson has the most career appearances with a single team, playing in 327 career games, all for the Detroit Lions.
Brady has appeared in 41 games in his career playoffs, bringing the total number of current appearances to 340.