Steelers Rookie S Shamarko Thomas Predicts He Will Get Fined For Future Hits

Over the last several years, the NFL has been cracking down more and more on hits by defensive players and former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison certainly has received his share of fines and even a one-game suspension as a result of his actions. There is one Steelers rookie; however, that expects to have his paycheck docked by the league office during his career.

Safety Shamarko Thomas, who the Steelers drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, said recently in an interview with Tom Robinson of The Virginian-Pilot that while the coaching staff stressed proper hitting techniques with him during the offseason practices, he still expects to be fined because of the way he plays.

“They’re afraid of the fines,” Thomas told Robinson. “I don’t want any fines, either. I’m gonna get some fines, I’m not gonna lie. That’s just how I play. It’s football.”

Following the selection of Thomas, Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake noted what a big hitter the Syracuse product is.

“He even hits the ground violently,” said Lake, who also stated that he\’s not worried about Thomas being a bit undersized.

Thomas had some big hits during his college career and as a result suffered a few concussions, but Lake said he didn\’t see that as an issue moving forward.

“The way the game is played is the way he plays the game, Said Lake. “He has had concussions before, and they haven’t been an issue with the medical staff. As you know, our safeties that are currently playing on our team have had issues. It comes with the territory back there because of the distances and the speed at which these guys play.

“I don’t see it as an issue. He is not a head hunter per se; he just makes good strong tackles. Most of his tackles when you watch him, he is wrapping up with his arms and his shoulders, so I do like that part about it. I don’t think we have a concern about him just leading with his head all the time.”

While it is hard to say whether or not Thomas was joking about getting fined, it probably isn\’t such a good idea to throw that statement out there considering how it always seems the Steelers defense stays under the microscope as far as hits go.

Thomas won\’t be a starter until perhaps his second season in the league so in the meantime he will have to display that heavy hitting talent of his on special teams and hopefully not lose part of his paycheck in the process.

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  • Jeremy Scott

    Cool. Hope he’s serious. I want a guy on my team who isn’t afraid to throw it down, as opposed to making “business decisions.”

  • Matt Manzo

    Are there any safetys, in the past, that had Thomas’ size who played long servicable careers?
    I’m not too worried about him being too small but I do want a safety whos there for the next decade!

  • SteelersDepot

    Some cat named Polamalu is only an inch taller.

  • Matt Manzo

    Well then, there ya go! We’ll be fine for years!
    I cant wait to see Shamarko in
    Black n Gold!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    This is why I had him as a 2nd rounder. Huge steal for the Steelers!!!

  • costanza2k1

    lol he said cat…BA and GD style…love it

  • dgh57

    A couple inches taller and he would’ve been a 2nd rounder. We saw through that so called lack of height and noticed his 40″ vertical he put up at the NFL Combine! Their loss and our BIG TIME gain for sure!

  • Matt Searls

    Why wasn’t he drafted higher?

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Arguably he was the best safety in draft, in this poor draft class he’d be a 1st round pick if it wasn’t for his height.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Throughout his soph. And junior years he tackled with his head a lot, which one- would have put him on IR sooner and two- receive fines. It is understandable why he tackle with his head, usually his head is right around where other players’ number is. In senior year he worked on his techniques and finally hit below belt a lot more as it show in the video, while its not violent as before but useful for him.

    It was no surprise for me that he’s drafted in 4th round. When looking for a schematic and best safety available for the Steelers, Shamarko is easily #1. When other teams look for a cover 2 safety, ballhawking safety, or a hard-hitting safety who play outside of box, Shamarko is your 4th-6th round prospect because he’d be a project.

    Only surprise I had was teams didn’t jump on his athleticism.

  • Luke Shabro

    If you look at the kid, he may be short but there isn’t an oz of fat on him and he’s muscular as anything. He’s going to break guys in half.

  • Luke Shabro

    I’d actually prefer him to Cyprien, Reid and Elam. I might take Vaccaro over him but considering character concerns I might actually still prefer Shark. You gotta love this kid’s heart and story

  • steeltown

    He doesn’t have a slight frame which is usually the reason for easy injury. He’s really only short in stature, he has a great build 210-215lbs of muscle.

  • steeltown

    Yea his work ethic and workouts are intense, his previous coaches have attested to that, dude is physical specimen

  • steeltown

    Height… yes its silly but that’s why, coaches want more height in the defensive backfield these days. That was the one knock on Matt Elam as well, but I think the Steelers and Ravens know what they’re doing when it comes to Safeties

  • steeltown

    I really like the Cyprien kid, but yea Shark is in the top tier discussion, definitely not a 4th Rd pick ha!

  • steeltown

    There’s no getting around it, at some point, he will get fined. Most hard hitting physical Football players playing in todays game will get fined eventually. Lets just hope over the next season he can learn to tackle with a little more technique and protect his (and other) heads

  • steeltown

    Good points… and we can all agree, this kid is not a 4th Rder, based on his athletic ability alone

  • Shea Fahr

    Agreed. And he jumps like 20 feet in the air LOL!

  • Christopher Wilkes

    From what I can see he launches himself, but he doesn’t focus on using his helmet, except for maybe one of the hits on that clip. If anything he’ll probably suffer from another concussion before he’s fined by the NFL. Still my favorite pick in the draft, but not too sure I like him coming out and proclaiming he expects to be fined.

  • Bradys_Dad

    OK – I’m confused. The “N” word is used probably 50 times in the accompanying 1st song alone. Unlike what I keep hearing, N followed by an A isn’t supposedly offensive but N followed up with an ER is a disgusting and offensive word (I agree with that and I was raised not to use that word). So here we have the N-bomb followed with an ER repeatedly, and repeatedly and repeatedly. Is it OK for some to use ER while others are limited to A ? Shouldn’t both words be taken for what they are – inhumane, disgusting, degrading etc … ? Don’t get me wrong, the song’s groove is kinda cool- but really -the lyrics. This just perpetuates ignorance. It’s 2013, shouldn’t we use better discretion with what we link ourselves to ? I wish the best for Shamarko and hope he has a great career with the black and gold. Rise above it all my friends. Rise above it.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    That’s how a lot of these highlight videos go. Just mute it.

  • Matt Searls

    its gotta be more than just his height, most safeties are only 2-3 inches taller than him.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Actually Cyprien is other safety i’d be okay with if Steelers drafted him, not Shamarko. Considering those teams got safeties in 1st round where we probably got an upper-hand on equivalent of value in 4th round, i’d say we got the steal. In matter of fact all of our first five picks are schematic picks, the path we never took before.

    Point being, before the draft occured, I mentioned to many people that I had hoped it’d be a schematic draft because we need immediate contribution and you can get that from players who already fit the schemes. I also said hopefully that ANY players is a hint of the direction we will be going; as of now, seem like we are going to be same Blitzburgh with a backyard quarterback.

  • Luke Shabro

    I think 3 inches can make a huge difference in some people’s eyes. Russell Wilson probably goes in the 2nd or 3rd round if he’s 3 inches taller!

  • Luke Shabro

    I think it will take some of the pressure off Ben if we establish a solid running game. It doesn’t have to be the days of the Bus but they at least have to fear it. ZBS may not be line up across your man and beat his @$$ as DB always says but I believe it will really help our running game. Look at all the teams that have success with a ZBS. Even if the guys from this draft don’t make an immediate HUGE impact I believe we helped set a foundation for the future with the young talent we already had. Everyone was concerned with our WR corps when we traded “Wakeandbake” Santonio Holmes but then the Young Money crew emerged.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I don’t think pressure change how big ben play though. Biggest issue last year was within rhyme of offense. Not just running backs, but wide receivers and O-linemen as well.

    In matter of fact this team remind me a lot of Blue Mountain State with the personnels and players. One statement from that tv show remain true; we gotta win the 4th quarter, not first 3 quarters. Everything is decided in 4th quarter, that’s why if you knew you can’t win 4th quarter- you outscore opponents by 20+ points. Its a simple math, put the game out of reach.

    This issue always have been ours since 2007, in 08′ we played way different and that season was magical (yes I actually said that!) I no longer desire a better individual stats but I want to see us finish with a W in ugliest way as possible.

  • Matt Searls

    thats true, and a lot of teams are wishing they hadn’t passed on him either.

  • Luke Shabro

    Sorry I meant 1st or 2nd round. He went in the 3rd. Wilson that is

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Shark will be the shortest DB on the Steelers, also the heaviest, therefore the most stocky, probably the strongest, and maybe even the fastest? 4th round for a freak athlete and play maker that played in a complex D at many spots and even has coverage skills? What a Steel! This guy will get on the field and make an impact. I know Pola and Shark are listed as SS, regardless, Ryan Clark’s days are numbered.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    and faster than a speeding bullet….

  • Matt Searls

    I read it as 1st or 2nd.. Haha weird