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Top 10 in NFL games
Top 10 in NFL games

Despite a difficult 2023 season, former Alabama defensive back Kareem Jackson reached a career milestone by playing in his 200th NFL regular season game.

Jackson was suspended twice by the NFL for six games for hitting receivers and was released by the Denver Broncos in 2023 before returning to his original team, the Houston Texans, for the remainder of the season.

Jackson’s 10 games were his fewest in 14 NFL seasons, but they raised his career total to 203, making him the 18th Alabama high school or college player to play 200 games.

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That club could get another member in 2024. Auburn alumnus Josh Harris is entering his 13th season as an NFL long snapper. He will enter his third season with the Los Angeles Chargers with 190 games under his belt.

The No. 1 player on the list, kicker Al Del Greco with 248 games, started every game in 14 of his 17 seasons.

The best non-specialist on the list, quarterback Philip Rivers with 244, played the last 241 games of his career – a streak that spanned 15 full seasons.

When playoff games are included, Del Greco is still one game ahead of Rivers, but he is not the overall leader. Punter Chris Mohr appeared in 239 regular-season games and 19 postseason games – a total of 258 games, one more than Del Greco’s total.

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The 10 players with Alabama football roots who have appeared in the most NFL games:

Al Del Greco kicks a 50-yard field goal as time expires in an NFL game on December 3, 2000 in Philadelphia, helping the Tennessee Titans to a 15-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

1. Al Del Greco, Auburn: 248 games

Green Bay Packers 1984-1987, St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals 1987-1990, Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans 1991-2000: Del Greco, a kicker, made 347 field goals, including a league-leading 36 in 1998, and scored 1,584 points during an NFL career that included playing for two franchises that switched cities. Del Greco went undrafted and ranks 59th in NFL history in games played.

2. Philip Rivers, Athens High School: 244 games

San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 2004–2019, Indianapolis Colts 2020: Rivers played quarterback and started in each of his two games in his first two seasons as a backup to Drew Brees. He started every game for the next 15 seasons. Rivers finished his career playing 241 consecutive regular season games, the 10th-longest streak in NFL history and the longest for a player with Alabama football roots. Rivers left the NFL ranked fifth in league history in passing yards and touchdown passes.

3. Chris Mohr, Alabama: 239 games

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1989, Buffalo Bills 1991-1999, Atlanta Falcons 2001-2004: As a punter, Mohr averaged 40.4 yards on 1,152 career punts. He punted in three Super Bowls with Buffalo and with 19 playoff appearances, Mohr’s 258 total games are the most for a player with Alabama football roots. Although Mohr did not play football for a season after his rookie year, he missed one game in the 15 seasons he played.

4. Tony Richardson, Daleville High School, Auburn: 234 games

Kansas City Chiefs 1995-2005, Minnesota Vikings 2006-2007, New York Jets 2008-2010: As a fullback, Richardson was a good ball carrier, rushing for 697 yards and seven touchdowns in one season. He went undrafted but became a three-time Pro Bowler and was known for paving the way for 1,000-yard runners Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson, Chester Taylor, Adrian Peterson and Thomas Jones.

5. Kevin Greene, Auburn: 228 games

Los Angeles Rams 1985-1992, Pittsburgh Steelers 1993-1995, San Francisco 49ers 1997, Carolina Panthers 1996, 1998-1999: The outside linebacker’s sack total of 160 is the third-highest in NFL history and the most for a player who was primarily a linebacker. He led the NFL in sacks in 1994 and 1996, was a two-time first-team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

6. Wayne Gandy, Auburn: 219 games

Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams 1994-1998, Pittsburgh Steelers 1999-2002, New Orleans Saints 2003-2005, Atlanta Falcons 2006-2008: Gandy started at both offensive tackle positions for four franchises during his career. In his first 13 seasons, Gandy missed one game.

6. Terrell Owens, Benjamin Russell High School: 219 games

San Francisco 49ers 1996-2003, Philadelphia Eagles 2004-2005, Dallas Cowboys 2006-2008, Buffalo Bills 2009, Cincinnati Bengals 2010: As a wide receiver, Owens ranks third in receiving yards, third in touchdown receptions and eighth in receptions in NFL history. He was a five-time first-team All-Pro and a six-time Pro Bowler and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Class of 2018.

6. Takeo Spikes, Auburn: 219 games

Cincinnati Bengals 1998-2002, Buffalo Bills 2003-2006, Philadelphia Eagles 2007, San Francisco 49ers 2008-2010, San Diego Chargers 2011-2012: Spikes was an inside linebacker and started all but three of his 219 games. Spikes made 1,425 tackles and was a one-time first-team All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowler.

9. Jerrel Wilson, Murphy High School: 217 games

Kansas City Chiefs 1963-1977, New England Patriots 1978: Wilson, the all-time punter on the AFL’s Pro Football Hall of Fame-inducted team, was a three-time Pro Bowler after the AFL-NFL merger and punted in two Super Bowls with the Chiefs. He averaged 43.0 yards on 1,072 punts and led the league in punting average five times.

10. Dwight Stone, Florala High School: 216 games

Pittsburgh Steelers 1987-1994, Carolina Panthers 1995-1998, New York Jets 1999-2000: Stone, a wide receiver who spent his first two seasons as a running back, built his longevity on his skills as a kick returner and special teamer. He caught 154 passes – 107 from 1991 to 1993, when he made 35 of his 52 career starts – and returned 186 kickoffs in his 14 NFL seasons. His career began as an undrafted player.

Other 200-game players

The other players with Alabama football roots who have played in at least 200 regular-season NFL games are linebacker Karlos Dansby (Woodlawn, Auburn) with 212, defensive end Trace Armstrong (John Carroll Catholic) and tight end Ed West (Colbert County, Auburn) with 211 each, guard-center Chris Gray (Homewood, Auburn) with 208, tight end Howard Cross (New Hope, Alabama) with 207, outside linebacker Cornelius Bennett (Ensley, Alabama) with 206, defensive back Kareem Jackson (Alabama) with 203 and offensive lineman Adam Schreiber (Butler) with 202.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.

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