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Splat 03-05-2013 05:54 PM

Shawne Merriman announces retirement
 
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...is-nfl-career/

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Shawne Merriman, who burst onto the scene eight years ago as one of the NFL’s most feared pass rushers but saw his status as an elite player fall apart just as quickly, has announced his retirement at the age of 28.

“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 leave while I know I can still physically play the game.”
I remember his rookie year he put Willie Roaf on his ass on his way to crushing Trent Green. I thought to myself "Holy **** we are going to have to deal with this guy for the next 10 years."

It's crazy how it all ended up playing out for him.

Bob Sanders Dreadlock 03-05-2013 05:56 PM

He had more sacks in his rookie year than he has the last 5 years. Almost the same for tackles as well.

BallerT1215 03-05-2013 05:57 PM

Buddy Nix would have just kept re-signing him for as long as he wanted to play.

Punisher 03-05-2013 05:58 PM


vidae 03-05-2013 05:59 PM

He was still in the league?

SolidGold 03-05-2013 06:13 PM

poster child for steroid abuse in this era of the NFL

J-Mike88 03-05-2013 06:16 PM

He said WHAAAT?

"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 leave while I know I can still physically play the game.”

Don Vito 03-05-2013 06:27 PM

He is still only 28 which is crazy. It is insane to think about if he continued the trajectory he was on, juice or not. He seems like he has been washed up for 5 or 6 years at least.

K Train 03-05-2013 06:30 PM

i remember when the chargers UNLEASHED him in like game 6 of his rookie year against the steelers on SNF, he was amazing. Looks simply unstoppable.

It wasnt because he didnt juice anymore that he wasnt good, it was the juicing slowed his ability to heal on top of being able to play so hard and lift so much but too much strain on his muscles and ligaments.

Man he was looking like an all time great-to-be...such a shame

Caddy 03-05-2013 06:31 PM

It feels like so long ago that he was relevant.

Brodeur 03-05-2013 07:30 PM

He's still afraid of CM Punk.

Trogdor 03-05-2013 07:34 PM

Remember when Merriman promised that Dallas would regret taking Ware over him? Good times.

Perhaps if Merriman wasn't a habitual steroid user his body wouldn't of deteriorated so quickly. Certainly the poster-child for the modern steroids movement.

Prowler 03-05-2013 07:41 PM

Priest Holmes...I wish Merriman would have retired a decade ago...

bigbluedefense 03-05-2013 08:01 PM

I remember when he first came into the league, those first 2 years, I was like wow, this guy could be the 2nd best pass rushing OLB when his career is over. He was that good.

Then it all went downhill from there. Shame.

G Mobile 03-06-2013 01:20 AM

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Originally Posted by K Train (Post 3292605)
i remember when the chargers UNLEASHED him in like game 6 of his rookie year against the steelers on SNF, he was amazing. Looks simply unstoppable.

It wasnt because he didnt juice anymore that he wasnt good, it was the juicing slowed his ability to heal on top of being able to play so hard and lift so much but too much strain on his muscles and ligaments.

Man he was looking like an all time great-to-be...such a shame

Yeah his body just fell apart on him.

Crazy to see him rise and fall so fast. He was elite for a minute there.

Saints-Tigers 03-06-2013 02:14 AM

So strange that he's only 28, and seems like he's been done for so long. 28 is so young, his life is barely started.

SuperMcGee 03-06-2013 03:08 AM

I liked him when he was here. Good rah rah guy at the least that came up with some plays.

OzTitan 03-06-2013 04:31 AM

The slightly more successful David Boston of defense.

FUNBUNCHER 03-06-2013 08:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Punisher (Post 3292565)


Merriman let it slip in an interview in the Washington Post before he was drafted that he was a 170# HS sophomore or freshman when he began playing football.

Somehow he gained 60# of muscle before he entered UMD as a freshman.

Just heard rumors that Merriman had been using for a loooong time before entered the NFL, and that the foundation of his football career was built on PEDs.

jrdrylie 03-06-2013 08:17 AM

It wasn't steroids that ruined him. It was Tila Tequila. He was great until he started running around with her.

TheRubberDuck45 03-06-2013 09:17 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvUE...e_gdata_player

Don Vito 03-06-2013 09:18 AM

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Originally Posted by jrdrylie (Post 3293039)
It wasn't steroids that ruined him. It was Tila Tequila. He was great until he started running around with her.

I am going to have to side with you on this.

brat316 03-06-2013 10:01 AM

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Originally Posted by OzTitan (Post 3293007)
The slightly more successful David Boston of defense.

He didnt juice he just liked bodybuilding

killxswitch 03-06-2013 10:14 AM

If I remember right he played for months on a torn ACL instead of going on IR. It was a really stupid move. I don't know if he thought he was invincible or what. But he was not just a roid product. Roids do not turn scrubs into elite players. They enhance what is already there.

descendency 03-06-2013 10:19 AM

Supposedly, he had 1 good year without steroids. He got hurt and that was basically his career.


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