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Wayback machine: Sept. 27, 1992



Brett Favre: 297 consecutive starts

This is slightly off our core topic of officiating, but since it is a huge football milestone, we are veering a bit off course.

We decided to flash back to Brett Favre’s first NFL start in the record-shattering string: Sept. 27, 1992 with the Green Bay Packers hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The list of items we found in the time capsule is after the jump. Add your observations to the list in the comments section of this post.

At the start of Brett Favre’s epic streak:

  • The NFL had 28 teams. The Jaguars, Panthers, Ravens and Texans did not exist.
  • The Rams and Raiders played in Los Angeles and the Tennessee Titans were the Houston Oilers.
  • Of the 27 stadiums in use by the NFL at that time, nine are still hosting NFL games.
  • George H.W. Bush was president; in a couple of weeks he would meet Bill Clinton and Texas billionaire Ross Perot in a series of three televised debates.
  • The publicly available World Wide Web was a year old. There were no hits on, because it did not exist yet. Fantasy football was done by paper by people who liked to do a lot of math.
  • NFL on TNTFox had not yet broadcast its first NFL game. CBS had a contract for NFC games, and NBC carried AFC games on Sunday afternoon. The 49ers and Saints played a game that night, broadcast by TNT.
  • The old instant replay review system that went into effect in 1988 was recently retired and would not return until 1999.
  • Two-point conversions could only be scored in college and high school games.
  • Leon Lett was an obscure linebacker for the Cowboys. His high profile fumble in the Super Bowl was at the conclusion of the 1992 season, and his Thanksgiving blunder was a year away.
  • Titans receiver Kenny Britt, who is currently the youngest player in the league, had just turned 4.

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

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