The 29 Toughest Players in the NFL Today

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The 29 Toughest Players in the NFL Today
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When we think of the NFL and tough players, I harken back to football in the 1960s and thoughts of Dick Butkus, Tommy Nobis and Ray Nitschke come to mind. But what about the NFL today? Who are the toughest players right now in the NFL?

How should we define tough? Going up against players much bigger than you? Playing through pain and injuries that would sideline most players? Playing on your last leg rather than retiring? All of those would be acceptable reasons to be included in our group of tough players.

So, let's proceed to our presentation. First, I want to acknowledge some tough NFL players from the past with a video tribute, and then, we will proceed to identify the 29 toughest current players in the NFL. Why 29 you ask? Why not?

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