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"Everybody sees it and it's the back of your head, but it's not really something you worry about," Thomas said. "Most of our focus and attention is between the whistles and it seems he's getting a name for himself for what happens after the whistle."
Suh, though, likes the comparison that has been made between him and former NBA great Shaquille O'Neal, whose size and power made him simply stronger than opponents, some of whom fell or flopped after he touched them.
"Shaq had the same problem when he was in the NBA," Suh said. "He kept playing. NBA Hall of Famer soon to come, one of the greatest big men I've ever seen, so I hope to follow in his footsteps."
Suh has some sympathy for the officials, trying to determine if he's playing within the rules.
"I really feel like I put the refs in a tough situation because of my strength," he said.
But it's not going to stop his relentless pursuit of players with the ball?
"I'm not going to stop playing hard," he said. "I owe it to my fans, my teammates, the coaches. That's one of the reasons why football is football. It's physical contact, aggression that is made exciting."
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