Steelers rookie ready to write checks to league

Steelers rookie ready to write checks to league
July 18, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Shamarko Thomas, a safety from Syracuse drafted by the Steelers in the fourth round in April, has put a target on his helmet – but not for opposing players. If the NFL authorities are paying attention – and you have to believe they are – his comments to his hometown newspaper, the Virginian-Pilot, will have them on the lookout for any big hits delivered by the rookie.

Asked about the Steelers working with him in organized team activities and minicamps about how to deliver blows without drawing fines from the league for illegal hits, Thomas said: “They’re afraid of the fines. I don’t want any fines, either. … I’m going to get some fines, I’m not going to lie. That’s just how I play. It’s football.”

That is Thomas’ reputation from his college career – big hitting. His scouting report from Bleacher Report reads in part: “Thomas is a throwback who should have been a linebacker in the 1950s NFL. He loves to fly around the field and hit, but his disregard for the health of himself and others might not play well in the modern NFL.”

Here’s an example from his senior season, a helmet-to-helmet hit that ended up hurting him more than the guy he tackled.

Seems like a guy Ravens fans will love to hate.

(H/T Pro Football Talk.)