Lights Out: Shawne Merriman Retires


After an eight season career in the National Football League, former San Diego Charger, Shawne Merriman is calling it a career.

Dec. 23, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman (56) lines up at the line of scrimmage against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The twenty-eight year old defensive end is retiring as a Buffalo Bill, who he has spent the last three years with (since 2010). He was a first round draft pick selected by the San Diego Chargers with their twelfth overall pick. He will retire with 257 tackles, 45.5 sacks, sixteen pass deflections, one interception, and eight forced fumbles.

He announced his retirement on his website last night releasing the following statement:

"“After a lengthy discussion with my agent, family and team, I have officially decided to put my retirement papers in today. My retirement from the game I love so much and from the game that has brought me so many opportunities on and off the field has been decided with great thought for my future on and off the field. I retire today not because I don’t feel I can still go out there and play the game at a very high level, I am retiring because I want to retire on my own terms and leave while I know I can still physically play the game. I am stepping back to pursue other great opportunities that have been afforded me. I want to thank all of my fans around the country. I want to thank the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills for their support during my time at each club. I feel truly blessed to have been part of the NFL and to have had the opportunity of a lifetime. I am excited to pursue my other career opportunities and look forward to what is on the horizon for me. I will continue to train with some of the guys not because of football but it’s a part of my Lifestyle.”"