Shawne Merriman

Football Player
Born May 25, 1984

Shawne DeAndre Merriman (nicknamed Lights Out) is a defensive end for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was among the top linebackers in the National Football League (NFL) in his first three seasons with the San Diego Chargers, where he was a three-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection. Merriman was drafted 12th overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2005 NFL Draft.… Read More

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1984 Birth Born on May 25, 1984.


2002 18 Years Old Despite being heavily recruited, Merriman stayed in-state for college and attended the University of Maryland, where he played for the Maryland Terrapins football team. During his freshman campaign in 2002, Merriman appeared in 13 games and finished third on the team with 5 sacks. … Read More
2003 19 Years Old His 41.5" vertical jump in 2003 was the best ever by a Maryland defensive lineman to that point. … Read More


2004 - 2005 3 More Events
On January 4, 2006, Merriman was awarded with The Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year award. … Read More
2007 23 Years Old In 2007, he announced that he would no longer perform this celebration. … Read More
2008 24 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 2008 training camp, Merriman had difficulty with his injured knee and sat out of practice for over two weeks. … Read More
2009 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 2009 season, Merriman was suffering from a painful foot injury as well as his troubled knees. … Read More
At the beginning of the calendar year, Merriman expressed concern that the Chargers may no longer want him, but said that his goal was to remain a Charger if possible. On March 4, 2010, the San Diego Chargers announced that they would place their first and third round franchise tender on Merriman, thus retaining him as a Charger.
2011 27 Years Old 1 More Event
He signed a two-year contract extension worth $10.5 million with the Bills on January 1, 2011. … Read More
2012 28 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 2012 offseason, Merriman was moved from outside linebacker to defensive end due to the switch of 3-4 to 4-3. … Read More


2014 30 Years Old 1 More Event
He returned to WWE as a Wrestlemania XXX pre-show analyst on April 6, 2014 and again the following night on Monday Night Raw's pre- and post-show on the WWE Network. … Read More
2015 31 Years Old In January 2015, Japanese martial arts event GANRYUJIMA announced that they were negotiating with Merriman for him to be a fighter, but they were unable to reach an agreement.
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