Call him the NFL's workhorse, the Ironman, the Count of snap counts, whatever. The tabulations are in, and Patriots center Ryan Wendell is the undisputed leader of the most snaps played by any player in the NFL, calculated and totalled by footballoutsiders.com.
Wendell is on the books at 1,231 offensive snaps (out of a possible 1,237) and 148 special teams snaps for a total of 1,379. The NFL runner-up was Patriots left tackle Nate Solder, on the field for 1,234 offensive snaps and 105 special teams snaps (1,339 total), reports Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe.
"I was happy to find that out," Wendell said.
"I think it says a lot about the organization as a whole, the guys around us -- our athletic trainers, Jim Whalen and Joe Van Allen, along with the strength and conditioning coaches, Harold Nash and Moses Cabrera, who spend a lot of time and effort trying to make sure that we're healthy and out on the field as much as we can."
Wendells performance isn't lost on QB Tom Brady.
"He's done a great job," Brady said. "He's really done a great job since he got here. He fought for his opportunity and once he got it this year, he really took advantage. He's been healthy and durable, consistent. Playing center on our team is not easy -- there are a lot of adjustments and calls that we have, both the communication I have with him and what he relays to the rest of the offensive linemen.