True Grit: Top 10 Gutsiest Performances in Sports History

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True Grit: Top 10 Gutsiest Performances in Sports History
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With the media, the fans, current and former football players criticizing the physical toughness of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler after he left Sundays NFC Championship game with a knee injury which prohibited him from returning to the field, we must remember the Bears were not suppose to be in this position in the first place, according to the "experts."

Before the season even started, critics proclaimed the Bears would finish nothing better than 7-9, and Lovie Smith would eventually be fired.  For the Bears to have finished where they did, every media outlet and fan should be grateful the Bears even had a chance to make it to the Super Bowl. 

In the mist of all the craziness questioning Cutler's heart and toughness, let's not forget, without him, the Bears would not have had a chance at all to compete in their division. 

Heck, being a player in Chicago, you have to develop some type of toughness playing in front of a ruthless fan base and the vultures in the media.

Aside from the current turmoil in the Chicago Bears organization, there have been astonishing performances from athletes in sports history who persevered through injuries.  These athletes used will and determination to carry them to finish line.  These athletes toughness will never be questioned after an inspirational performance.

Here are the top ten gutsiest moments in sports history. 

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