What in the World Happened to Shawne Merriman?

March 6, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It's rare for a player in the National Football League to enter and instantly become a dominant force on defense, only to fade into obscurity nearly as quickly as he arrived.
Yet that's exactly what happened with outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, who announced his retirement on Tuesday after eight NFL seasons.
The 28-year-old Merriman made it official on his website, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.
“After a lengthy discussion with my agent, family and team, I have officially decided to put in my retirement papers today,” Merriman wrote on his personal website. “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 go out there and still play the game at a very high level, I am retiring because I want to retire on my own terms and l...

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