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Shawne Merriman

Shawne DeAndre Merriman (born May 25, 1984) (nicknamed Lights Out) is an American football player who is currently a free agent. 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. He earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in his first season and recorded 39 ⁄2 quarterback sacks in his first three seasons. He was hampered by injuries his next three seasons, and the Chargers waived Merriman midseason in 2010. He was acquired through waivers by the Buffalo Bills that season, but he only played minimally with the Bills due to continued injuries. He was released by the Buffalo Bills before the 2012 season. In 2006 during his second NFL season, Merriman was suspended for four games after testing positive for steroids. He blamed the test results on a tainted dietary supplement, which he never identified. 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. He was selected using a pick

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Shawne Merriman Buys NASCAR Team ... Wants Black Kids To Start Racing (VIDEO)

Shawne Merriman
Buys NASCAR TEAM ... Wants Black Kids Racing

Ex-NFL star Shawne Merriman says he's taking on a new challenge as the owner of a NASCAR racing team ... telling us he LOVES the sport and wants to inspire black kids to love it too. TMZ Sports… READ MORE >

Shawne Merriman Says 'Philip Rivers Isn't an L.A. Guy' ... 'It's a Lot Different' (VIDEO)

Shawne Merriman
'Philip Rivers Isn't an L.A. Guy' ... 'It's a Lot Different'

Ex-San Diego Chargers star Shawne Merriman says the move to L.A. is a BIG DEAL for a bunch of the current players -- including QB Philip Rivers ... because he's just not an "L.A. guy." Merriman… READ MORE >

- 108 days ago
NFL's Shawne Merriman -- Considering MMA Fight ... I've Talked with Bellator (VIDEO)

Shawne Merriman
Considering MMA Fight I've Talked with Bellator

Shawne Merriman could be the the next NFL star to get in the cage -- telling TMZ Sports he's actually had talks with Bellator about a real MMA fight ... and he's dead serious.  The former… READ MORE >

- 210 days ago
Shawne Merriman -- Shawn Oakman's Rape Allegation Hurts Draft Stock ... Even If He's Innocent

Shawne Merriman
Shawn Oakman's Rape Allegation Hurts Draft Stock ... Even If He's Innocent

Shawn Oakman lost millions of dollars this week ... even if he's INNOCENT ... this according to Shawne Merriman who says just an allegation alone can destroy an NFL prospect's draft stock. … READ MORE >

- 387 days ago
Nike -- Strikes Settlement with Shawne Merriman ... In 'Lights Out' War

Nike
Strikes Settlement with Shawne Merriman ... In 'Lights Out' War

The battle over "Lights Out" is officially over ... with Nike and ex-NFL star Shawne Merriman striking a settlement agreement after Merriman had filed an $18 MILLION lawsuit against the… READ MORE >

- 444 days ago
Shawne Merriman -- Johnny Manziel Should Stay Far Away From SB 50

Shawne Merriman
Johnny Manziel Should Stay Far Away From SB 50

Shawne Merriman has some advice for Johnny Manziel ... don't show face at Super Bowl 50 and get your mind right. Our photog spoke with Shawne outside the Sports Illustrated party Friday in San… READ MORE >

- 449 days ago
NFL's Shawne Merriman -- Tom Brady Is Right ... Trump's The Man!!!

NFL's Shawne Merriman
Tom Brady Is Right ... Trump's The Man!!!

Ex-NFL superstar Shawne Merriman says he and Tom Brady are on the same page -- backing Donald Trump ... saying straight up he's the BEST candidate out there!  The 3-time Pro Bowler says he's… READ MORE >

- 499 days ago
Shawne Merriman -- 'I Turned Down Will Smith Concussion Movie' ... Here's Why ... (VIDEO)

Shawne Merriman
'I Turned Down Will Smith Concussion Movie' Here's Why ...

Ex-NFL superstar Shawne Merriman tells TMZ Sports ... he was approached to be a part of Will Smith's "Concussion" movie but SHOT IT DOWN.  The former San Diego Chargers linebacker says he's… READ MORE >

- 580 days ago
Shawne Merriman -- Sorry, Michael Sam ... You're No Tim Tebow!

Shawne Merriman
Sorry, Michael Sam ... You're No Tim Tebow!

Michael Sam is making the right moves to get another shot at making it in the NFL, but it'll take divine intervention for him to beat Tim Tebow back to the league ... according to ex-player… READ MORE >

- 580 days ago
Shawne Merriman -- America Doesn't Know Donald Trump Like I Do ... He Should Win! (VIDEO)

Shawne Merriman
America Doesn't Know Trump Like I Do ... He Should Win!

Donald Trump is covered on offense AND defense -- on the same day Tom Brady backed him, we got ex-stud linebacker Shawne "Lights Out" Merriman ... declaring his "friend"… READ MORE >

- 591 days ago
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