15 Things Tougher Than Chicago Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler


He did it again.

Monday night, in the midst of his team getting beat at home by a rookie quarterback playing in just his second NFL game, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler removed himself from action because of a thumb injury.

In the NFL, you simply cannot do this.

Tuesday morning, former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark joined the set of ESPN's "Mike & Mike" show to talk all things football, and of course they got around to talking about Jay Cutler and how he's perceived as a dude who simply doesn't give a shit.

Speaking on Cutler's decision to deem himself unfit to continue playing Monday night against the Eagles, Clarke said something to the effect of, "This is football. everyone plays hurt."

I've never played a single NFL down, but I have a hunch most players -- past, present and future -- think Ryan Clark is absolutely right. Dudes are putting their bodies on the line after every snap, and for the quarterback, someone who is supposed to be the leader of the team, to simply give up and say he can't play is downright pathetic.

Something similar happened with Jay Cutler in 2011, when reports seemed to suggest he took himself out of the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers with an apparent knee injury.

Cutler came under fire from fans, the media and plenty of other NFL players, including his teammates.

Can you blame them, though? When it comes to the NFL, dudes lucky enough to make it to the pros practice all week for a chance to go out there and give it their all for three hours.

When your team leader doesn't want to do that, it speaks volumes.

Mike Greenberg of "Mike & Mike" tried to make the point that if Jay Cutler's thumb was messed up, and he couldn't comfortably hold a football, wouldn't you rather have someone out there who could play the position unhindered?

The three former NFL players on the ESPN set gave the simple, unified answer: No.

So, in light of Jay Cutler being an internet meme and softer than Cottonelle, check out 15 things tougher than the Chicago Bears quarterback.

1. A first grade math test

2. A wet paper bag

3. The sour cream in your burrito

4. A Tempur-Pedic pillow

5. Kittens

6. Puppies

7. Scrambled eggs

8. A pile of freshly raked leaves

9. Ice cream

10. Marshmallows

11. Buttery biscuits

12. Tissues

13. Soup

14. A silk robe

15. Entenmann's Soft Baked Cookies