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Bears' Bowman witnessed Suh's strength earlier than most

Bears cornerback Zackary Bowman had an early hunch that Ndamukong Suh would be a nightmare for NFL offenses.

When the two were teammates at Nebraska, Bowman witnessed the behemoth pull off a feat normally reserved for retellings of the Superman origin story.

Just days into their friendship, the two were killing time at an apartment complex when Suh casually hoisted a car into the air.

"Suh literally picks up a car from the front and just lifts up the whole thing," Bowman told the Bears' official website this week. "I'm like, 'Get out of here.' And he just sets it back down. I had never seen that before."

Bowman also has heard the accusations that Suh -- the 2010 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year -- is a dirty player. Maybe not dirty, according to Bowman, but the Lions defensive tackle is out for the kill.

"I think he has an intent to harm anybody he's in front of. That's just his attitude. That's his mentality," Bowman said. "I also had an opportunity this offseason to work out with him, and that's just his focus, to go out there with the intent to, I wouldn't say kill you, but at least to hurt you."

Not a comforting thought for the Bears, who face the Lions on Monday night. But Bowman insists Suh has a cuddly side, too.

"He's a nice guy," Bowman said. "We go out to eat, we hang out, we have a good time. He's a nice guy. I don't know what he does on that field. He just turns into the Hulk."

Right about now, Jay Cutler is sensing a disturbance in The Force.

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