Brett Favre started 297 consecutive regular-season games -- until this week, when a shoulder injury sidelined him. His team du jour, the Minnesota Vikings, had to change quarterbacks for Monday night's loss.
Welcome to our world.
The Raiders and 49ers have rotated quarterbacks at an embarrassing pace since Favre's streak began Sept. 27, 1992. The Raiders are on their 20th quarterback, the 49ers on their 15th. The Raiders have made 39 quarterback changes, the 49ers 34.
No fan bases know quarterback carousels like these two. We've seen names come and go, streaks start and stop, injuries occur high and low, controversies ring true and false.
Favre's streak commands respect, even if it should have ended after last season's run to the NFC final.
Here are 10 such memories of how the Raiders and 49ers deployed quarterbacks during Favre's streak.
1. Steve Young is the only Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback in the Bay Area's 35-QB brigade since 1992. He had a 62-game starting streak snapped after injuring his shoulder during an Oct. 17, 1995 loss at Indianapolis. His ensuing streaks lasted eight, four, six, 22 and 10 games, that final start coming three games into the 1999 season, when a sack at Arizona gave him one too many concussions.
2. Jason Campbell is the Raiders' ninth starting quarterback (and counting) since Rich Gannon departed with a career-ending neck injury three games into the 2004 season. Upon
3. A week after Gannon's streak ended, so did Jeff Garcia's with the 49ers, one start shy of matching Young's 62-game stretch. An ankle injury shelved Garcia, who returned for the final five games. He got released the following March and the 49ers haven't had a Pro Bowl quarterback since.
4. Todd Marinovich started at quarterback for the Los Angeles Raiders (in a loss at Kansas City) when Favre took over the Green Bay Packers' reins. Marinovich didn't last the season, and his seventh straight start was his final one in the NFL. He got benched when he threw his third interception before halftime during a Nov. 8 loss at Philadelphia.
5. Remember who replaced an injured Young in 1995? Elvis Grbac, otherwise known as an "embarrassment to humankind" by then-San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. Grbac went 6-3 in 1995 and '96 as a starter, beating Baltimore in his final 49ers start just days after Brown's rip job.
6. Only six quarterbacks since 1992 have started all 16 games in a regular season: the 49ers' Young (1992, '93, '94), Garcia (2000, '01, '02, and Alex Smith (2006), and the Raiders' Jeff Hostetler (1994), Jeff George (1997) and Gannon (1999, 2000, '01, '02). Bonus note: Joe Montana started every game in only three 49ers seasons (1981-83).
7. Hostetler's job may have survived a sideline shouting match with coach Art Shell in 1994, but Hostetler's throat got ravaged midway through 1995 when struck by Denver lineman Dave Wyman's forearm. Hostetler's starting streak ended at 35 games, and Wyman got fined $4,000.
8. Don't forget these winless wonders of starting quarterbacks: the Raiders' Billy Joe Hobert (0-5), Marques Tuiasosopo (0-2) and Aaron Brooks (0-8); the 49ers' Steve Stenstrom (0-3), Cody Pickett (0-2) and Chris Weinke (0-1).
9. In contrast, the 49ers' Jim Druckenmiller (1-0, 1997) and Ty Detmer (1-0, 1998) did not lose their spot starts. The Raiders' Donald Hollas won his first three starts midway through 1998, but more memorable was his six-interception exit Dec. 6 against Miami.
10. The next start by a Bay Area quarterback comes tonight in San Diego. Alex Smith makes his second straight start for the 49ers. An Oct. 20 shoulder injury ended an earlier 17-game streak (not to be confused with the shoulder injury that snapped a 25-game streak four games into the 2007 season).
How many more regular-season starts will Smith (Alex, not Troy) make in a 49ers uniform? Likely just two, if the wins ensue. The Raiders' Campbell is no lock to carry his streak into 2011, either. As the past 19 years taught us, the local quarterback merry-go-round is a nonstop, non-Favre ride.
Here are the players who started at quarterback for the Raiders and 49ers during Brett Favre's streak of 297 consecutive starts with the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, with their longest streak of consecutive starts since Favre's Sept. 27, 1992, starting debut.
Todd Marinovich (6), Jay Schroeder (7), Jeff Hostetler (35), Vince Evans (3), Billy Joe Hobert (2), Jeff George (21), Donald Hollas (3), Wade Wilson (3), Rich Gannon (71), Rick Mirer (8), Marques Tuiasosopo (1,), Kerry Collins (25), Andrew Walter (7), Aaron Brooks (4), Daunte Culpepper (4), Josh McCown (4), JaMarcus Russell (16), Bruce Gradkowski (4), Charlie Frye (3), Jason Campbell (5).
Steve Young (62), Elvis Grbac (5), Jim Druckenmiller (1), Ty Detmer (1), Jeff Garcia (61), Steve Stenstrom (3), Tim Rattay (5), Ken Dorsey (4), Cody Pickett (2), Alex Smith (25,), Trent Dilfer (4), Shaun Hill (14), Chris Weinke (1), J.T. O'Sullivan (8), Troy Smith (5)
Note: Names listed in order of appearance for first start.
INSIDE: For a list of the quarterbacks who've played for the Raiders and 49ers since Favre's streak started, see Page 4