Shamarko is already making his mark.
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie safety Shamarko Thomas, drafted in the fourth round, told Tom Robinson of the Virginian-Pilot that he expects to be fined in the NFL because of the way he plays football.
Believe or not, that should be music to the Steelers’ ears.
When the Steelers cut James Harrison, their defense lost its menacing persona. Not only did Harrison sack the quarterback 64 times in his career and win the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, but he just looks like someone you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley. He wears his game face 365 days a year.
Troy Polamalu also has a Defensive Player of the Year honor on his resume, but unlike Harrison he seems like a pleasant person to run into off the field.
Ryan Clark has written his share of checks to the NFL, but he’s got one foot in the broadcast booth. He’s becoming very comfortable in a suit and tie.
Lawrence Timmons is probably the best player on the Steelers defense, but he keep...