Sports Records That Will Never Be Broken

  • 5. 22,895 career receiving yards

    Jerry Rice

    This record solidifies how dominate Jerry Rice really was. His 22,895 career receiving yards are 6,961 yards more than the second-highest record holder, Terrell Owens. And to think that these two were teammates at one point.

    From 1986-2002, in three different decades, Jerry Rice had over 1,000 receiving yards in 14 of 17 seasons. In those 14 seasons he averaged a staggering 1,354 yards per season.

    With meaner and stronger defensive players and concussions on the rise it seems impossible for a receiver or tight end to even get to 20,000 yards, let alone break Jerry Rice’s 22,895 receiving yards record. Don’t worry Jerry, your record is safe. On the other hand, the 1972 Dolphins should worry. Denver looks pretty nice this year.

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  • 4. 2,632 consecutive games played

    Cal Ripken, Jr.

    To put this record into perspective, the current player with the longest active consecutive games played streak is Hunter Pence with a little over 200 games. Only 2,400 more to go Hunter.

    Cal Ripken attained this record by playing in every single game for a little over 16 seasons. Talk about no days off. This is a streak that almost doesn’t make sense to break. It is rare nowadays to see athletes play in every regular season game for consecutive seasons in a row. Between injuries, resting players for the playoffs, and general rest, Mr. Ripken’s streak will not be broken in your lifetime.

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  • 3. 56-game hitting streak

    Joe DiMaggio

    The elusive 56-game hitting streak that every baseball fan wants to see broken. While this streak feels like the one that could possibly one day be broken, you and all other fans are simply incorrect. In the 72 seasons since the record was set, only one player has come relatively close to breaking it and that was Pete Rose with 44 straight games in 1978.

    If you really think about it, in order to break Joe DiMaggio’s streak you would need to get a hit in every single game for 1/3 of the regular season. That is not an easy task.

    Fun fact: Derek Jeter’s longest hitting streak is 25 games.

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  • 2. 511 career wins

    Cy Young

    Baseball has some crazy records that will never be broken. Of all of them, this one is the hardest to beat. Breaking it down, if a pitcher were to win 25 games per year for 20 years they would still be short of breaking the record. With today’s fragile pitchers, this record has no shot of being broken.

    Pitchers have more days off, less innings pitched, and limitations such as the “Joba rule” in order to keep them from injuring their golden arms. The 300 club in itself is an exclusive club. The idea of anyone joining Cy Young in the 500 club is basically impossible. It would be extremely surprising if we ever saw anyone join Walter Johnson in the 400 club, too.

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  • Wilt Chamberlain

    I’m still in shock that Kobe Bryant got within 19 points of this record. A professional NBA player will never hit triple-digits in a single game ever again. It just will not happen. After his 81-point performance against the Toronto Raptors, Kobe Bryant said of Wilt’s mark, “It’s unthinkable.”

    Granted, it was a way different league when Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain played, and still his feat will never be beaten. If anyone ever beat Kobe’s 81-point game, I would also be shocked.

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  • Jerry Rice
  • Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • Joe DiMaggio
  • Cy Young
  • Wilt Chamberlain

As fans, we live to see sports records broken. There’s almost nothing more spectacular, nothing more memorable. If you saw Barry Bonds hit his single-season record-breaking home run in 2003, you probably don’t care at all about what’s happened since. You still have that ticket somewhere in your house, and you still constantly tell the story.

My favorite sports memories have been seeing the home run record race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa; Derek Jeter’s Yankees hit record; and watching Kobe Bryant reach for 100 points in a single game. Go ahead. Ask me. I’ll tell you where I was, what I was doing, how old I was. I remember everything about those moments, and would give almost anything to relive them again.

Records bring us all together. No matter which team you love or which sport, seeing the impossible become the possible live — or even on TV — is a bonding moment. It sounds weird, but fans know what I’m talking about. Years from now, fans will still remember the greatest players for moments like these.

Everyone doesn’t necessarily watch sports for titles — just ask Bills, Royals, or 76ers fans about that. Sometimes we watch only to be entertained, and to see history.

The way we measure an athlete’s success is by accolades, championships and records broken. There are some records in sports that get broken every season and others that seam unattainable. However, like they say, records are meant to be broken.

We decided to flip the script and present you with five Sports Records That Will Never Be Broken.

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