Favre, McNair play with pain

Quarterbacks are often viewed as soft and pampered, but five QBs certainly don't fit that description.

Originally Published: September 16, 2005
By Steve Muench | Scouts Inc.
With the NFL doing so much to protect quarterbacks, it's easy to view them as pampered and soft. They don't take nearly as many hits as running backs and don't have to throw their bodies into holes like linebackers.

However, a quarterback has one distinct disadvantage when it comes to contact: He doesn't always know where the defender is coming from, so he takes bigger hits than anyone else. In addition, most teams are built around the quarterback. With teammates, fans and coaches leaning on them so heavily, there is a tremendous amount of pressure on QBs to battle through injuries.

Here is a list of five quarterbacks who appear fearless in the face of pressure, almost always bounce back from the big hit and are used to playing in pain.

Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.