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DAVIE (CBSMiami) – From 2010 to 2015, Jay Cutler and Ndamukong Suh were NFC North Rivals. There’s no love lost between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.

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As a Lions defensive tackle, it was Suh’s job to make Cutler’s life miserable.

Now, Suh and Cutler are both Dolphins, and Suh has no problem singing Cutler’s praises.

“I think he’s a great quarterback,” said Suh. “Obviously I’ve played against him many, many times. I actually got my first sack against him.”

And after that first sack, like all the others, Cutler got right back up. It’s Cutler’s toughness that really catches Suh’s attention.

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“I definitely have the ultimate respect for him,” Suh declared. “I don’t like any quarterbacks but he was one guy that I definitely had a respect for because he took hits and never cried, never complained and just got up and went and played the next play.”

You’d be hard pressed to find a better judge of toughness in quarterbacks than Ndamukong Suh. Undoubtedly, the Dolphins have found a tough hombre to lead their offense.

The respect is mutual. Cutler discussed his history with Suh on Tuesday.

“I’m happy he’s on my team,” said Cutler with a chuckle. “He texted me whenever we got it done. He told me he was just patting me on the way by in 11-on-11s. To have a guy like that on your side is always a good thing.”

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He’s not the type of player you like to face, but you love him as a teammate.