Shawne Merriman Announces Retirement From NFL

Shawne Merriman

Shawne Merriman announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday by releasing a statement on his website.

Merriman was a first-round pick (12th overall) in 2005 by the San Diego Chargers. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie Of The Year after recording 10 sacks.

In 2006, he served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s steroid policy, yet still finished the season with 17 sacks and was third in Defensive Player Of The Year Voting.

After totaling 39.5 sacks in his first three electrifying seasons and making the Pro Bowl each year, he managed only six sacks from 2008 through 2012. He spent his last few seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

I always liked him as a player, but injuries really took a toll on him and he could never regain the form from his early years. I know some people will point only to his PED use as the reason for his downfall, but I believe it was a combination of factors and will leave it at that.

Here’s a video below that I came across on YouTube that shows highlights from his rookie season.

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