While quarterbacks aren't regarded as the toughest bunch in the National Football League, there are a few who stand out.
Even though NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is doing his best to outlaw hitting all together, there are several quarterbacks who aren't given much protection by the officials. Then there are others who are just plain tough all around. By the end of the season everybody is hurting at least a little; some choose to tough it out and others are content sitting on the sidelines.
Brett Favre always comes to mind as one of the toughest players in NFL history. Favre holds the NFL record for consecutive starts at 297 games. He didn't miss a game from Sept. 27, 1992 all the way to Dec. 5, 2010! The closest active quarterback to this record who hasn't missed a start is Eli Manning, and he isn't even halfway there!
While some quarterbacks on this list miss games on occasion, it isn't because they didn't want to play. Some of them would play on one leg if the team allowed them to!
Here are seven of the leagues toughest quarterbacks, led by No. 7 Ben Roethlisberger.