Originally written March 06, 2013 on This Given Sunday:
Shawne Merriman announced his retirement on Tuesday, giving us a chance to fully reflect on one of the strangest careers in NFL history -- one that will turn him into a poster boy for steroids in football for many, many years to come.  During his first three years in the league, Merriman recorded more sacks than any other player in the NFL. That despite the fact he missed six games during that span (four due to suspension and two due to injury). Here's how he compared to some of the league's best pass rushers during that time period, on a per-game basis.    Merriman's career took a sharp turn after that. A knee injury cost him virtually the entire 2008 season and he wasn't himself in 2009. The balky knee was lingering and foot problems became a factor, too. He was released midway through the 2010 season after a calf injury held him back. He ended up toiling away with the Bills for parts of the last three years, but he again couldn't stay healthy....
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