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Encyclopedia > Shawne Merriman
Shawne Merriman
San Diego ChargersNo. 56
Outside linebacker
Date of Birth: May 25, 1984 (1984-05-25) (age 23)
Place of Birth: Washington, D.C.
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 272 lb (123 kg)
National Football League Debut
2005 for the San Diego Chargers
Career Highlights and Awards
Career History
College: Maryland
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
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Stats at NFL.com

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NFL career

2005 NFL Draft

He was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Maryland, College Park. Merriman was one of the pieces of the infamous Rivers-Manning trade as the New York Giants traded their 1st round selection to the Chargers in the 2005 NFL Draft along with others and Philip Rivers in 2004 for the rights to Eli Manning selected by the Chargers with the 1st overall pick that year. The Giants pick in 2005 ended up being the 12th overall pick which the Chargers used to select Shawne Merriman out of the University of Maryland, College Park. The 2005 National Football League Draft , took place on April 23 and April 24, 2005[1] at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, New York. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... The Rivers-Manning trade was a NFL trade that occurred on the first day of the 2004 NFL Draft. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... The 2005 National Football League Draft , took place on April 23 and April 24, 2005[1] at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, New York. ... Philip Rivers (born December 8, 1981 in Decatur, Alabama) is an American football player who plays quarterback for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. ... Elisha Nelson Eli Manning (born January 3, 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a professional American football player and the starting quarterback for the New York Giants of the NFL. He is the younger brother of Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning and the son of Archie Manning. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ...


San Diego Chargers

Merriman started off his 2005 rookie year on the inactive list and completed 10 day hold out from training camp. He did not break the starting lineup until week 7, but recorded 6 sacks in his first 4 starts. He was voted into the Pro Bowl as an OLB after playing the position for the San Diego Chargers in their 3-4 defensive scheme which is the same position he played at the University of Maryland. The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ...


Merriman's best game of the year came in week 15 when the Chargers handed the Indianapolis Colts their first loss of the season. Merriman recorded 2 sacks and 2 tackles for a loss, one of which stopped Peyton Manning for a 6 yard loss on 4th and goal. It was during this game that Shawne Merriman garnered much national media coverage and in the following week made the Pro Bowl. City Indianapolis, Indiana Other nicknames The Horseshoes Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970... Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ...


On January 4, 2006, Merriman was awarded with the The Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year award. He received 28 1/2 votes of a panel of 50 NFL sportswriters and broadcasters. He beat the likes of Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who received 16 1/2 votes , Cincinnati linebacker Odell Thurman, with 4, and Dallas linebacker Demarcus Ware, with one. is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976... Mosiula Meaalofa Tatupu (born November 15, 1982 in Plainville, Massachusetts) is an American football linebacker for the NFL Seattle Seahawks. ... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... Odell Lamar Thurman (born July 9, 1983 in Monticello, Georgia), is a linebacker with the National Football Leagues Cincinnati Bengals. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... Demarcus Ware (born July 31, 1982 in Auburn, Alabama) is an American football linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. He was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Troy State University. ...


On February 12, 2006, Merriman participated in the 2006 NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii. Although in a losing effort, Merriman made 3 tackles and forced one fumble. “I enjoyed myself the whole entire week,” said Merriman. “I topped it off today by playing the entire game with all the guys I grew up watching. It’s going to be my first of many if I just keep working hard.” is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2006 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played on February 12, 2006 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... For the city and county of Honolulu, see City & County of Honolulu. ...


In 2006, Merriman again began his season with success, recording 3 sacks and an interception in his first 2 games. Merriman went on to record 8.5 sacks and make ESPN's midseason All-pro team[1], prior to dropping an appeal against a NFL enforced 4 week suspension due to testing positive for steroids. ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...


In the 2006 regular season, Merriman led the league in sacks with 17 while playing only 12 games. He also added 4 forced fumbles to his career (2 BUF, and 2 in DEN). Merriman finished third in the balloting for 2006 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, behind Jason Taylor and Champ Bailey, after having tested positive for using steroids which is against the leagues drug abuse policy. Taylor commented that Merriman should not have been considered for the award because of his suspension. Merriman reportedly responded by sending Taylor a "Lights Out" t-shirt and a box of popcorn with a note essentially saying enjoy watching him in the playoffs. Jason Paul Taylor (born September 1, 1974 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA) is an American football player who currently plays defensive end for the Miami Dolphins of the NFL. He attended the University of Akron. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... T-Shirt A T-shirt (or tee shirt) is a shirt with short or long sleeves, a round neck, put on over the head, without pockets. ... For other uses, see Popcorn (disambiguation). ...


Merriman, nicknamed "Lights Out," performed a dance to celebrate each of his 17 sacks in 2006. In 2007, he announced that he would no longer perform this celebration[2]. In week four of the 2007 season, however, Merriman performed the taunt after sacking Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard. Damon Paul Huard (born July 9, 1973 in Yakima, Washington) is the starting quarterback of the National Football Leagues Kansas City Chiefs. ...


2006 drug suspension

On October 22, 2006, reports were made public by CNN that Merriman would face a 4 game suspension for violating the NFL's steroid policy.[3] ESPN's Chris Mortensen cited a source that claimed the suspension was "definitely for steroid use and not a 'supplement-type' suspension." Mortenson's report later came under scrutiny from Merriman's attorney, David Cornwell, who called the report "irresponsible and erroneous." Under NFL league policy, no player's suspension proceedings are to be announced before the suspension takes place. Subsequently Cornwell stated that he believes the substance his client tested positive for was the anabolic steroid nandrolone, and that Merriman claims it must have been in a tainted nutritional supplement he took regularly. [4] NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell later revealed that Merriman tested clean on 19 of 20 random tests for performance-enhancing drugs since entering the league. [5] is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Chris Mortensen (born on November 7, 1951), an award-winning journalist, provides reports for ESPNs Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio and ESPN.com. ... John le Carré is the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell (born October 19, 1931) in Poole, Dorset, England. ... Crystal structure of human sex hormone-binding globulin, transporting 5-alpha-dihydrotestosterone. ... Nandrolone is an anabolic steroid occurring naturally in the human body, albeit in small quantities. ... In the United States, a dietary supplement is defined under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 as a product taken by the mouth that contains a dietary ingredient that is intended as a supplement to the diet. ... Roger S. Goodell (born February 19, 1959, in Jamestown, New York[1]) is the Commissioner of the National Football League, having been chosen to succeed the retiring Paul Tagliabue on August 8, 2006. ...


On October 10, 2007 Merriman was chosen as the cover athlete for EA Sports' NFL Tour video game[6]. current EA Sports logo EA Sports is a brand name used by Electronic Arts since 1993 to distribute games based on sports. ... NFL Tour is an upcoming arcade football video game that is set to be released in January 2008. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ...


Notes and references

  1. ^ 2006 All-Pro Team ESPN.com. Accessed 18 July 2007.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Sources: Chargers' Merriman suspended for steroids ESPN.com. Accessed 18 July 2007.
  4. ^ Chargers' Merriman appeals suspension Report: Chargers' Merriman appeals suspension Monsters and Critics. Accessed 18 July 2007.
  5. ^ LB tested clean 19 of 20 timesESPN. Accessed 09 September 2007.
  6. ^ [2] Easports.com Accessed October 10 2007.

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Preceded by
Jonathan Vilma
Defensive Rookie of the Year
2005
Succeeded by
DeMeco Ryans

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CFX - Chargers Football Xtra: Shawne Merriman: Creating a Perspective (1586 words)
Merriman’s job is to rush the quarterback, and funnel the ball carrier toward the middle linebackers, who put up the biggest tackling numbers in the 3-4.
While it’s early to draw this conclusion, the preliminary evidence suggests that Shawne Merriman IS instinctive, and is not prone to the kind of mental errors that Junior became infamous for.
Merriman is a far more ‘team’ oriented guy who takes pride in setting the standard for his teammates to live up to.
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