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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin agreed.

“Cameron Wake is having a Pro Bowl-caliber year,” Tomlin said.

The knock on the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Wake has been that he struggles to hold his ground against the run. Even so, the Dolphins are allowing fewer yards rushing per play and per game than last season.

Inside linebacker Channing Crowder conceded he had his doubts when Wake first joined the Dolphins.

“I thought he was soft, like a metrosexual-type dude,” Crowder said. “He was always dressed in matching stuff and real quiet. And he was from Canada, so you have that preconceived notion he can’t play.

“But the last guy I saw who got off the ball like that was Jason Taylor, and you see what he’s done. And Cameron’s strong as an ox.”

Derek Cameron Wake went by his first name when he played end and linebacker at Penn State. After managing only one sack his senior season, he went undrafted.

He signed with the Giants but was cut before training camp. The former sociology major then spent time out of work, tried the mortgage broker business and stewed whenever he watched the NFL.

Determined to give the game another try, he went to Canada and thrived, becoming CFL defensive player of the year in 2007 and 2008 with the British Columbia Lions. That earned him a contract with the Dolphins in 2009.

And the teams that never gave him a chance? He uses them as motivation every week, transforming his personality when he steps on the field.

“I’m a quiet guy. The guy you see on Sunday is at home locked in a cage,” he said. “Being out of football and on the couch watching guys play, and knowing in your heart you can be that guy _ the moment I cross that white line, the passion comes out from all the people who said, ‘No, you can’t.’”