Football is not a sport for the faint of heart — it requires a huge amount of intense physical contact, which often leads to serious injuries, and of course, mental discipline as well. Not to mention the strategy that’s required in order to play on a professional level. All in all, it’s no easy feat, but there are football players who stand out in the history of the game that exhibited extreme physical and mental toughness. These are the toughest of them all.
Tommy McDonald played as a flanker for 12 seasons, playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons, and Cleveland Browns. He is best known for playing without a face mask and being the last player to do so. We’re glad that’s not allowed anymore, but wow, talk about tough!
Cliff Harris played as a safety for the Dallas Cowboys from 1970 until 1979. He was known for his two-way play, breaking the mold for safety players. “Captain Crash” even wore kid’s size shoulder pads in order to improve his speed and the force of hits.