It's certainly possible for a throttle body to cause a stiff throttle pedal. If the pedal and cable move freely without the throttle body attached, these are a couple things to look for.
I had a similar problem with mine. I found that the journals for the throttle shaft had worn out. Check to see if the shaft can move up and down / forward and backward in the throttle body without rotating it. There should be next to no movement this direction.
It's also common for dirt to build up behind the throttle plates causing them to stick, which can be easily cleaned if you find this to be the case. Usually this will cause it to be tough to push at first, but after you move it past part throttle it feels fairly normal.