NFL Players That Represent Perseverance

Being able to succeed in the NFL requires a personality that can handle the things thrown in their way and overcome adversity. Not every athlete could succeed in the NFL. Every week for 3-4 hours, athletes literally put their bodies on the line for their team to try and secure a win. They take hits and tackles like champs and act as if nothing happened. It is rare to see players get hit and then keep going, some players refuse to sit out even after a hard tackle.

These are some of the NFL athletes who define what it means to be tough in the NFL. Which one is your favorite?

Jerome Bettis Ran People Over

There’s a reason Jerome Bettis was nicknamed “The Bus.” Built like a fullback, but playing running back, Bettis never shied away from contact, oftentimes preferring to run right through defenders. And somehow, despite all the physical contact, Bettis played for 13 seasons.

Photo by G. N. Lowrance/NFLPhotoLibrary
Photo by G. N. Lowrance/NFLPhotoLibrary

In those 13 seasons, Bettis won a Super Bowl, was elected to six Pro Bowls, and rarely missed a game. In 2015, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.