Shawne Merriman
American football player, linebacker
Shawne Merriman
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.
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NFL Reacts To Patriots 'Deflategate' Verdict On Twitter
Huffington Post Sports - almost 2 years
"Deflategate" is months old, but following Wednesday's incriminating report on the Patriots, it has only just begun. The NFL concluded in a new report that New England Patriots personnel "more probably than not" intentionally deflated the team's footballs ahead of last year's AFC title game between the Patriots and the Colts. While the months-long investigation singled out Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as being "at least generally aware" of the actions, here's what others around the league have had to say: Some responses were humorous: In light of today's news, I would like to reassure everyone that my balls have always been the appropriate pressure, temperature, and heft. — Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) May 6, 2015 My bad... Phrase of the day is "more probable than not." — Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) May 6, 2015 Some bemused: After 4 months of extreme, detailed investigation.. NE might have, probably, possibly, maybe deflated balls... Most likely. — TJ Lang ( ...
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Shane Merryman Buzzer Beater Lifts Huntington University Over Marian (VIDEO)
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
By Matt Yoder, Awful Announcing Thanks to Indiana's Huntington University of the NAIA, we have our first crazy announcer call of a midcourt buzzer beater this season. With the Foresters trailing 59-58 after a late Marian free throw, Shane Merryman sinks it from three-quarter court to win the game and send the announcers into hysteria. I love the compliment of the color man screaming his head off and the play by play man going with the colloquial phrase of astonishment "no way Jose!" Yes way! [H/T: Guyism]
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Retired NFLer Shawne 'Lights Out' Merriman released from hospital after reported drug overdose
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Former Pro Bowl linebacker Shawne Merriman was released from a hospital Monday morning, a day after being rushed in because of a reported drug overdose.
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Bills LB Merriman Announces Plans to Retire
ABC News - almost 4 years
Bills LB Shawne Merriman calls it 'Lights Out' on career, announces plans to retire on website
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Shawne Merriman retires
Fox News - almost 4 years
Former Buffalo Bills defensive end Shawne Merriman has announced his retirement on his personal website.Merriman released the following statement Tuesday on "After a lengthy discussion with my agent, family, and team, I have officially decided to put in my retirement papers today
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WATCH: Football Player Strips Naked Against Animal Abuse
Huffington Post - about 4 years
This football player's anti-fur statement is as impressive as his rock hard abs. Former New England Patriot Safety (and brand new New York Jet Safety) Bret Lockett is very buff -- and very naked -- in an ad that puts his chiseled physique to work in the struggle to end the fur trade. NSFW! New England @patriots' @bretlockett26 goes NUDE 4 @peta! And yes, football is SYNTHETIC leather #Obviously PHOTO: — PETA (@peta) December 28, 2012 The NFL star, who began his professional career with the Cleveland Browns in 2009, is the latest athlete to pose for the animal rights group's "Ink, Not Mink" campaign. WARNING: NSFW PHOTO AND GRAPHIC VIDEO BELOW In a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot, released by PETA, Lockett said he joined the campaign after watching gruesome footage of animals skinned alive for coats. "What really hurt me was when I saw that an animal was still able to move and lift its head up after it was completely skinned," Lockett s ...
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Harbaugh expects Alex Smith to be cleared this week
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
Jim Harbaugh said this morning that Alex Smith still has not been cleared to play in a game following his Nov. 11 concussion but that he expects that to happen by the end of the week. "It looks like he will be (cleared) before the week is out," Harbaugh said on the Murph & Mac show on KNBR. "But not as of now. I'm sure he will be." Smith experienced symptoms from the concussion late last week and never was given the "contact test," which is the final step a player recovering from a concussion must take before being cleared to play. Smith presumably has yet to take that step. Preparing for the Bears last week, the 49ers began the work week thinking that Smith would start and gave him the most practice snaps. As the week went on, however, those practice snaps swung in Kaepernick's favor. Who gets the most early in the week? Harbaugh probably won't say, but you'd have to think that the fact Smith still is not cleared means Kaepernick gets the bulk of the work. Mea ...
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Shawne Merriman active for Buffalo Bills
Fox News - over 4 years
Buffalo Bills defensive end Shawne Merriman is active for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.
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Viking coach: Alex Smith more than manages
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Viking coach: Alex Smith more than manages Smith has completed 9 of 11 attempts for 142 yards on passes traveling between 10 and 19 yards this season, according to Pro Football Focus. Outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, a three-time Pro Bowler whose career has been derailed by injuries, visited the 49ers on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. San Francisco eventually signed Eric Bakhtiari to assume the roster spot of outside linebacker Clark Haggans, who began serving a three-game suspension this week in connection with his second DUI arrest. Smith's streak of 216 regular-season passes without an interception is the NFL's second-longest active streak.
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Report: Bakhtiari beat Merriman for spot on 49ers' roster
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
It looks as if journeyman Eric Bakhtiari beat out one of the most prominent names at his position to land a spot on the 49ers 53-man roster. According to, former Pro Bowl outside linebacker Shawne Merriman visited the 49ers on Wednesday, the day they signed Bakhtiari to fill in for Clark Haggans during Haggans' three-game suspension. Bakhtiari was the team's most productive defensive player during the offseason, leading the 49ers in sacks and finishing second in tackles during the exhibition season. Merriman, meanwhile, was one of the most dangerous pass rusher his first three seasons with the Chargers but has been plagued by injuries in recent years. He was suspended for four games in 2006 for violating the league's policy on steroids and related substances. It's also worth noting that Bakhtiari was a member of the 49ers' coverage teams during the preseason while Merriman never has had a big role on special teams. The 49ers' coverage units, perhaps the leag ...
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Shawne Merriman Cut By Buffalo Bills
Channel 10 News - San Diego, CA - over 4 years
It's lights out for Shawne Merriman in Buffalo after the Bills cut the one-time star pass-rusher.
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Former Terps LB Shawne Merriman trying to get 'his explosion' back
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Once the most feared pass rusher in football, famous for his ‘lights-out’ celebration dance in opposing backfields, Shawne Merriman has seemingly fallen off the map since the turn of the decade.
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Video: Is Shawne Merriman a locker room slob?
USA Today - over 4 years
All-access tours are nice, but they can air dirty laundry -- literally -- as NFL Network showed in Orchard Park, N.Y.
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Tony Phillips: Blade New World: Oscar Pistorius and Awesome Prosthetic Technology
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
PRETORIA -- If you haven't already heard, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius is about to set an historical precedent that will mark not only a moment of personal triumph, but a milestone in human achievement. Pistorius, born without tibias and fitted with two below-knee prosthetics, will run in the men's 400 meters and the 4x400 relay representing his country in the London Olympic Games, marking the first time an amputee has competed at the Olympics against able-bodied athletes. Pistorius was selected by his country as its 125th and final team member after falling just .2 second short of posting his third Olympic 'A' qualifying standard this year. Earlier in the year he posted a personal best of 45.07 followed by a 45.20. For context, either of those times would have ranked sixth at the recently completed U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials. Oscar Pistorius, the Blade Runner, is a world class athlete. No need to qualify that -- he's not a world class disabled athlete. He's wor ...
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Buffalo Bills: 5 Players Who Need To Put Up or Shut Up In 2012
Buffalo Rising - over 4 years
As we move into the slowest month of the NFL offseason, we often take this time to truly reflect on a team, season, or player; both what has come before, and what may soon lie ahead. In the case of the Buffalo Bills, last season saw the re-emergence of hope in the Queen City, as several relatively new names (Fitzpatrick, Dareus, Barnett, Jackson) tried, unsuccessfully, to cast off the demons of the last decade with an early sound and fury that resulted in nothing more than another losing season. After a flurry of activity signing and re-signing and drafting in the new year, the Bills' roster has now started to look overfed with possibilities, both old and new.  Facing such a glut of options, there are going to have to be some cuts, likely to some of the more recognizable names on the squad. These are players who have been familiar in Buffalo (for several years in some cases), but are either underperforming below the team's (and fans) expectations, or are so consist ...
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Buffalo Bills: Three Questions Heading into Training Camp
Buffalo Rising - over 4 years
Last season, the only people who had questions about the Buffalo Bills were the fans in Western New York and even they didn't have any real concern about the answers. Ignored the country over since losing four straight Super Bowls, a half season of success in 2011 helped raised the eyebrows of the NFL again, as well as giving the hometown loyal a healthy dose of hope about what their team can truly do in 2012.  With Buffalo now popping in and out of the spotlight this offseason after snagging top defensive free agent Mario Williams and drafting big, not only are there now questions about the Bills' upcoming campaign, but a real curiosity surrounding the franchise. There's a buzz brewing in Buffalo once more and the Bills are at its epicenter, but that doesn't make them foolproof, doesn't make the fans blindly accept that their team is ready for primetime. There are still questions, ones that are receiving even more attention now that minicamp is starting, are becom ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shawne Merriman
  • 2015
    Age 30
    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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  • 2014
    Age 29
    In April 2014, Merriman appeared on the pre-show of WrestleMania XXX.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after, it was reported on The JBL & Cole Show that Merriman had "joined the WWE family" and would report to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. On August 27, reports surfaced indicating Merriman was no longer contracted to WWE.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Merriman is featured in the Nike Football. "Leave Nothing" advertisement. Merriman made a cameo in season 7 of HBO's Entourage. Merriman also appeared on Cartoon Network's Destroy Build Destroy along with Antonio Gates. Merriman appeared on GNC's Athlete Tour 2010 under his MusclePharm sponsorship. Merriman appeared on WGR Sports Radio 550's "Schopp and the Bulldog" in Buffalo, New York on July 27, 2012. He visited the show's studio at Bills' training camp in Rochester, New York. He showed off his tattoos in PETA's "Ink Not Mink" campaign, encouraging people not to wear animals furs.
  • 2013
    Age 28
    On March 5, 2013, Merriman announced his retirement.
    More Details Hide Details Key On September 6, 2009 Merriman was arrested and charged with battery and false imprisonment. Merriman's former girlfriend, reality TV star Tila Tequila, claimed in an arrest complaint that he choked and restrained her when she tried to leave his home. The charges were dismissed less than a week later on September 11, 2009.
  • 2012
    Age 27
    Merriman signed a contract to return to the Bills on October 15, 2012.
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    During the 2012 offseason, Merriman was moved from outside linebacker to defensive end due to the switch of 3-4 to 4-3.
    More Details Hide Details On August 20, the team released Merriman.
  • 2011
    Age 26
    On October 25, 2011, Merriman was placed on Injured Reserve list for the second consecutive season after suffering a partially torn Achilles tendon.
    More Details Hide Details Merriman finished the season with nine tackles and a sack in five starts.
    He signed a two-year contract extension worth $10.5 million with the Bills on January 1, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The deal contained $5 million guaranteed, including $3 million of his 2012 salary.
  • 2010
    Age 25
    Merriman was put on waivers by the Chargers on November 2, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He had only four sacks in his last three seasons in San Diego. Merriman was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills the day after his release from the Chargers. On November 10, Merriman suffered an Achilles injury during his first workout with his new team. Subsequently, on November 27, the Bills placed Merriman on season-ending injury reserve.
    On August 13, 2010, after two weeks of hold out, Shawne Merriman signed tender and reported to camp.
    More Details Hide Details On October 13, the Chargers announced that Merriman was being placed on injured reserve and, per NFL rules, would be released when he became healthy. Merriman had re-injured his calf against Oakland and has been limited in the first five weeks of the season.
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 24
    In December 2009, Merriman filed a civil suit against Tequila, alleging intentional interference with contract, unfair competition, and trademark infringement.
    More Details Hide Details He claimed that Tequila improperly used his own "Lights Out" logo and disrupted negotiations for T-shirts to be marketed by Wal-Mart. She failed to respond to the suit at all, and a default judgment was entered in his favor for $2 million. However, the default judgment was later set aside in January, 2010. In February, 2010, both sides jointly moved the court to dismiss the claim, and the court dismissed the case on the same day. Merriman was featured on an episode of MTV Exposed. On October 10, 2007, Merriman was chosen as the cover athlete for EA Sports' NFL Tour video game. Merriman appears in Keri Hilson's "Knock You Down" music video and made a special appearance at WWE's One Night Stand 2008 on June 1, 2008, where he hit superstar Chavo Guerrero with a Singapore Cane.
    In the 2009 season, Merriman was suffering from a painful foot injury as well as his troubled knees.
    More Details Hide Details He had only four sacks for the season.
  • 2008
    Age 23
    On September 9, it was announced that Merriman would indeed go through with the reconstructive knee surgery to repair his torn knee ligaments and would be placed on the Injured Reserve, missing the rest of the 2008 NFL Season.
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    During the 2008 training camp, Merriman had difficulty with his injured knee and sat out of practice for over two weeks.
    More Details Hide Details Initial reports were that his recovery would take a few weeks, but on August 23, Merriman reported that he had a tear in both his posterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament. He was told by doctors that he could sustain a possible career-threatening injury should he choose to play without having surgery. Merriman withheld his decision whether or not to play while seeking several different professional opinions, including that of well-known surgeon James Andrews of Birmingham, Alabama. ESPN's Mike Tirico reported in the Chargers' Monday Night Football game that Merriman went to Miami, Florida to get a final opinion on his knee. On August 27, Merriman told Fox Sports that he would go against the advice of the doctors and will try to play through the injury, stating that he simply wants to play and that the career-ending possibilities were "misquoted."
  • 2007
    Age 22
    In 2007, he announced that he would no longer perform this celebration.
    More Details Hide Details In week 4, however, Merriman performed the dance after sacking Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard. After the Chargers' slow 1-3 start to the season, Merriman exclaimed that he decided to do the sack dance again due to the urge of his teammates and to help revive the spirits of the Charger fans. Merriman finished the season with 68 total tackles, with 54 solo and 14 assisted tackles, performing to his usual caliber by tallying 12.5 sacks. His prowess was shown during the season when it was said that his 9.5 sacks through to week 13 was seen as a decline in performance, a quote to which Merriman took a great compliment. The Chargers finished the season with a loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. Merriman was named to the Pro Bowl for a third consecutive year. At that point had a total of 39.5 sacks in three seasons. His 39.5 sacks are the most for any player from 2005 to 2007, edging out Jason Taylor by just one full sack. He had also been named First-Team All-Pro in his first 2 seasons, while earning a Second-Team All-Pro selection in his 3rd season.
  • 2006
    Age 21
    Merriman, nicknamed "Lights Out", performed a dance to celebrate each of his 17 sacks in 2006–2009 After the Chargers were eliminated in the playoffs by the New England Patriots that season, members of the Patriots began performing Merriman's "Lights Out" dance on the field in celebration.
    More Details Hide Details Merriman's Chargers teammate LaDainian Tomlinson, referred to the act as showing no class and being disrespectful.
    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 league's drug abuse policy.
    More Details Hide Details 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 saying enjoy watching him in the playoffs.
    In the 2006 regular season, Merriman led the league in sacks with 17 while playing only 12 games.
    More Details Hide Details He also added 4 forced fumbles to his career (2 against both the Buffalo Bills and the Denver Broncos).
    At the start of his 2006 season after the 4 game suspension, Merriman again began his season with success, recording 3 sacks and an interception in his first 2 games.
    More Details Hide Details Merriman went on to record 8.5 sacks and make ESPN's midseason All-pro team, prior to dropping an appeal against an NFL enforced 4-week suspension due to testing positive for steroids.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 believed the substance his client tested positive for was the anabolic steroid nandrolone, and that Merriman claimed it must have been in a tainted nutritional supplement he took regularly. Merriman never identified the supplement. The incident led to the passage of a rule that forbids a player who tests positive for steroids from being selected to the Pro Bowl or winning any performance awards in the year in which they tested positive. The rule is commonly referred as the "Merriman Rule". However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has tried to distance the policy from being associated with the player, stating that Merriman tested clean on 19 of 20 random tests for performance-enhancing drugs since entering the league.
    On February 12, 2006, Merriman participated in the 2006 NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
    On January 4, 2006, Merriman was awarded with The Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
    More Details Hide Details He received 28 votes of a panel of 50 NFL sportswriters and broadcasters. He beat Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who received 16 votes, Cincinnati linebacker Odell Thurman, with 4, and Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware, with one.
  • 2005
    Age 20
    The Chargers would go 9-7 in 2005, taking down both the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and the 14-0 Indianapolis Colts
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    Merriman started off his 2005 rookie year on the inactive list and completed a 10-day hold out from training camp.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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.
  • 2004
    Age 19
    He was selected using a pick acquired from the New York Giants as part of the Rivers-Manning trade during the 2004 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details The Giants traded Philip Rivers (selected 4th overall in the 2004 Draft), and their 1st round selection for the following year (amongst others) for the rights to sign Eli Manning, who had been selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 1st overall pick that year. Manning had made it clear he was not interested in playing for the Chargers, in a similar fashion to John Elway in 1983 when selected by the Baltimore Colts. The Giants draft pick ended up being the 12th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. The Chargers used that selection to take Merriman. On August 1, after a long holdout period, Merriman signed a 5-year, $11.5 million contract that included $9 million in guarantees and $4 million in incentives.
  • 2003
    Age 18
    His 41.5" vertical jump in 2003 was the best ever by a Maryland defensive lineman to that point.
    More Details Hide Details Merriman was drafted in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Maryland by the San Diego Chargers.
  • 2002
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He battled injuries for the bulk of his sophomore season, but never missed a game. He broke onto the national scene his junior year, in which he was named to the ACC All-Conference team and earned the Iron Terp award for the "strongest pound for pound player" on the Maryland football roster.
  • 1984
    Born on May 25, 1984.
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