'I'm a Football Player First': Shaq Says His First Love Was Football, Brags About Inspiring NFL Receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s Game

'I'm a Football Player First': Shaq Says His First Love Was Football, Brags About Inspiring NFL Receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s Game

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A topic regarding which NBA superstar of today would survive the game in the 1990s back when the rules were loose and aggression was the name of the game
led Shaquille O'Neal to reveal both the reason behind his longevity in the sport that has since taken a much "softer" route and what sport really had his heart as he was growing up.

"What a lot of people don't know, the reason why I survived hack-a-Shaqers, football is my first love," the 14-time NBA All-Star said on a recent episode of the "Green Light" podcast to host Chris Long about opposing teams' physical defensive strategy against him. O'Neal was so unstoppable on offense in the paint that opposing teams would commit hard fouls on him and take their chances with his shaky foul shooting rather than give up an almost certain dunk, a strategy that came to be known as "hack-a-Shaq."

"I'm a football player first," the former Los Angeles Lakers star expressed. "I never even thought about basketball…
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