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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 -- Advice for Raiders ... FIRE EVERYBODY!!

Shawne Merriman
Advice to Raiders ... FIRE EVERYBODY!!

There's only one way to save the Oakland Raiders ... FIRE EVERYONE ... so says ex-NFL star Shawne Merriman, who says the team is "as bad as it gets.""They need to clean house," Merriman says ...… READ MORE >

LaDainian Tomlinson -- I'D GET IN THE WWE RING ... Under One Condition!

LaDainian Tomlinson
I'D GET IN THE WWE RING ... Under One Condition!

LaDainian Tomlinson could have a future in the WWE ... 'cause the NFL legend tells TMZ Sports he would absolutely be down to get in the ring ... but there's one catch. LT was out at Mastro's… READ MORE >

- 879 days ago
Shawne Merriman -- Negotiating WWE Deal to Announce ... AND WRESTLE!

Shawne Merriman
Negotiating WWE Deal to Announce AND WRESTLE!

Shawne Merriman isn't locked into a WWE deal just yet ... TMZ Sports has learned the former NFL star is still hammering out a contract -- but it's not just for his announcing skills. Merriman made… READ MORE >

- 900 days ago
Shawne Merriman -- I'm NOT Signed to WWE ... Yet

Shawne Merriman
I'm NOT Signed to WWE ... Yet

Don't expect to see Shawne Merriman inside a WWE ring anytime soon ... 'cause his recent training session with the wrestling company was just for fun -- at least for now.Shawne posted a pic… READ MORE >

- 1066 days ago
Shawne Merriman -- Real Ninjas Don't Flop Like This

Shawne Merriman
Real Ninjas Don't Flop

Former NFL star Shawne Merriman is a certified badass on the football field -- but tackling the "American Ninja Warrior" course is next level.And Shawne, let's just say real ninjas don't lose… READ MORE >

- 1154 days ago
Shawne Merriman -- I Lost 'Ninja Warrior' ... 'Cause I'm Too Damn Heavy

Shawne Merriman
I Lost 'Ninja Warrior' 'Cause I'm Too Damn Heavy

There's a GOOD REASON you've never seen a 260-pound "Ninja Warrior," 'cause they suck on trampolines ... so says ex-NFL star Shawne Merriman. Shawne knows from experience -- the former San Diego… READ MORE >

- 1154 days ago
Shawne Merriman Laughing, Joking, Smiling -- 'I'm Totally Fine!!!'

Shawne Merriman
Laughing, Joking, Smiling 'I'm Totally Fine'

Shawne Merriman looked like a million bucks walking out of the gym today in L.A. -- completely laughing off rumors that he suffered from a drug overdose last night.As we reported, the 29-year-old… READ MORE >

- 1205 days ago
Shawne Merriman -- I Did NOT Overdose on Drugs

Shawne Merriman
I Did Not OD on Drugs

Retired NFL star Shawne Merriman is adamant ... he did NOT overdose on drugs at an L.A. nightclub last night ... telling TMZ he was simply dehydrated. The 29-year-old -- who was transported… READ MORE >

- 1205 days ago
Shawne Merriman -- Appeared Incredibly Sober ... After Alleged Medical Emergency

Shawne Merriman
Appeared Incredibly Sober After Alleged Hospitalization

8:20 AM PT -- Merriman is now acknowledging he was hospitalized, and tweeted that he was just "dehydrated" -- which might explain why he looked so sober and coherent in our video. Dehydrated. @tmz… READ MORE >

- 1205 days ago
NFL Star Shawne Merriman -- Cops Called to Vegas Hotel Room

NFL Star Shawne Merriman
Cops Called to Vegas Hotel

Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman came face to face with police in Vegas this morning ... after a friend alerted hotel security that the NFL star may have harmed himself ... but it turned… READ MORE >

- 1679 days ago

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