Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Shawne Merriman was considered to be the next up-and-coming linebacker in the NFL when entering the league in 2005 as a first-round draft pick by the San Diego Chargers.Merriman announced March 5, 2013 that he will be retiring from the game that he loves, but on his own terms. I question that a lot because, as we heard through reports, he wasn’t healthy whatsoever.Playing in only eight seasons and retiring at the early age of 28, questions are being asked. Did the steroid use play a big part in his long-term injuries? In 2006, Merriman was suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s steroid policy.Merriman's nickname was “Lights Out”. This was a name that was given to him in high school as he was known to put the opposition unconscious when he hit them. The hard-hitting player from Maryland had a bright future and came into the league with full force as he was named to the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.Sacks were just something that came easy for Merriman as...
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