We don't watch football for the niceties. And though it isn't politically correct to say, we don't watch for the sportsmanship.
That competing athletes can get along is all well and good, but it doesn't get at the core of why we watch football.
We watch, quite simply, for the drama.
That drama is ratcheted up by a number of factors, including the epic stage the game is played on, the concentrated talent among the players and a third category that's more interesting.
I mean, of course, that the NFL is real. It isn't some pro-wrestling style of scripted drama. It's real drama. As a result, players need vast reserves of both mental and physical toughness to achieve greatness.
That's why we love the game.
So let's take a look at some of the toughest players the NFL has showcased.
Remember, it's impossible to list all the toughest players on here, so my list is merely a stab at it! If I've left off your idol, apologies!