Mason Cole made the varsity as a freshman at East Lake High School in Florida and never missed a game in his four years there. The offensive lineman also played every game in his four-year stint at the University of Michigan.
The streak looked in jeopardy when the Cardinals selected Cole in the third round of the 2018 draft, but one year into his professional career, it lives on.
Projected starting center A.Q. Shipley tore his ACL in training camp, and the Cardinals’ coaching staff quickly elevated Cole to first string. While every other starting lineman went down, Cole started all 16 games. He was the only player on the team to play every offensive or defensive snap this season.
Cole has now played in 120 consecutive games dating back to his freshman year of high school.
The Cardinals need a talent infusion on the offensive line, but durability has also been a concern. If Cole can beat out Shipley for the starting job next year, the team should feel good about his ability to stay on the field.