10 records that will never in a million years be broken
7. Brett Favre, 336 Career Passes Intercepted (1991-2010)
Before I get called a hater, hear me out. I am not suggesting Brett Favre isn’t one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Favre is the only quarterback to have beaten all 32 teams in the NFL since its 2002 expansion. He also holds the records for passing yards (70,000) and touchdowns (508).
No, I am not suggesting that this record will never, ever be broken. However, I do think that, looking at where current players stand, his 336 interceptions will be the last record of his to fall.
To give an idea of the abilities of QBs coming up, in 2011 alone: Drew Brees broke the single season passing record, set by Dan Marino, with 5,476, and now has more than 40,000 career passing yards to his credit; Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford each threw for more than 500 yards in a single game; and, the passer rating for the entire league was set at an all-time high of 84.3.
In terms of interceptions, the closest active player is Peyton Manning, with 198. The guy who has a league leading four career games with a perfect passer rating would have to throw 138 more INTs in his, what will be, Hall of Fame career. Kerry Collins and Jon Kitna are next in line, with 196 and 165, but their playing days are limited.
Farve is revered for the way he played, his gunslinging ways the core of his legend. Farve’s interception record comes down to a combination of things, but primarily it can be attributed to the sheer longevity of his career, and more importantly, to his ability to remain in a starting capacity as a quarterback known for turning over the ball.
To average more interceptions than Farve isn’t an accomplishment; most won’t stay in the league long enough if they do so. So, if someone comes along and is able to make more than 336 career completions to the opposing team, it will mean they, too, are a rare and special breed.