Despite the newborn hard-hitting laws that the NFL has created and enforced, there's no questioning the raw, intense toughness of American football. Players like "Mean Joe" Green and Deacon Jones pioneered the stepping stones for the blue collar athletes of professional football.
Today, receivers continue to take a beating as a susceptible skill position. Hines Ward has made a trademark for blocking along the creases of the field and making rough catches in the seams. Joe Flacco's favorite target; Anquan Boldin, has earned the reputation of having the ability to rebound from neck-wrenching hits.
To the following players on this list: die-hard football lovers across the world salute you for your reincarnation of the now-dying intangible of toughness.
• Players must be under the height of 6'0".
• Players must have utilized their gritty abilities consistently.
• Players must be no more than 200 pounds.