ALLEN PARK, Mich. Offensive tackle Jeff Backus will start his 177th consecutive regular-season game for the Detroit Lions Sunday in their opener against the St. Louis Rams.
Linebacker Stephen Tulloch will be playing in his 97th straight game.
Neither has ever missed a game during their NFL careers.
I want to give everything I have while Im here, Tulloch said. He (Backus) wants to do the same thing.
Nobody appreciates that durability and reliability more than their teammates, who dont take it for granted.
To be one of these ironmen in a violent sport like the NFL, you obviously need extreme toughness and dedication, not to mention some good fortune.
But you also have to be a little stubborn, greedy and protective of your job.
Youre giving someone else an opportunity by coming out," Tulloch said. "So you play through it.
Backus ranks third among active NFL players in consecutive starts by a non-kicker, behind only Tampa Bay defensive back Ronde Barber (199) and Washington lin...