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The Toughest Position in the NFL: Defense
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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has to focus on several responsibilites on every play.

But who has the toughest job on the football field?

Is it the defensive tackle position that faces double-teams on every play while receiving little recognition? Is it the cornerback that challenges bigger, stronger wide receivers armed with speed and awareness?

Is it the quarterback that faces blindside pressure? Or the running back that takes a pounding every game?

What about the linemen that must protect those quarterbacks and running backs?

Here’s a look at all the defensive positions, what they entail, and what makes each position tough.

Each position features a Pro Bowler who embodies greatness at the position.

Are some positions tougher than others? You decide.

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