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Shawne Merriman
DE #56
Height:
6-4
Weight:
261
College:
Maryland
Hometown:
Washington, DC
Experience:
8
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 75 257 196 61 45.5 0 16 1 0 10 -- 10
2012 BUF 10 17 12 5 1 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2011 BUF 5 9 7 2 1 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 BUF 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 SD 3 6 5 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 SD 14 36 26 10 4 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 SD 1 2 1 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007 SD 15 68 54 14 12.5 -- 4 -- -- -- -- --
2006 SD 12 62 48 14 17 -- 7 1 0 10 10 10
2005 SD 15 57 43 14 10 -- 4 -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

PRO:  Claimed and awarded off waivers from the San Diego Chargers on November 3, 2010… originally entered the NFL as a first-round (12th overall) draft selection of the Chargers in 2005.

 

NFL AWARDS:

  • NFL Pro Bowl Selection 2005, 2006, 2007
  • AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year 2005
  • AP All-Pro First Team Selection 2005, 2006
  • AP All-Pro Second Team Selection 2007
  • Sports Illustrated NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year 2005
  • Sports Illustrated All-Pro 2005, 2006

 

CAREER:

  • Entering his seventh-year in the NFL… has started 53-of-60 games played and recorded 231 tackles (177 solo) along with 43.5 sacks
  • His 43.5 career sacks since the 2005 season rank tied for fifth among linebackers in that time-span
  • Led the NFL from 2005-07 with 39.5 sacks

 

2010: w/ San Diego Chargers

  • Appeared in three games with one start before being placed on Injured Reserve (10/13) and released on November 2
  • Posted a season-best three tackles, all solo, vs. JAC (9/19)

 

2010: w/ Buffalo Bills

• Vs. CHI (11/7): Inactive
• Vs. DET (11/14): Inactive
• At CIN (11/21): Inactive

 

2009: w/ San Diego Chargers

  • Selected to the Chargers’ 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • Started 14-of-14 games played, finishing the season with 36 tackles (26 solo) and 4.0 sacks
  • Awarded the game ball after a season-high 2.0 sack game vs. OAK (11/1), including one takedown on the Raiders’ final possession… finished the game with a season-best 7 tackles (all solo)
  • Posted a repeat performance for a game ball the following week at NYG (11/8) with 2.0 sacks coming in the fourth quarter and one coming on the game’s final play to seal the win

 

2008: w/ San Diego Chargers

  • Started the first game of the season vs. CAR (9/7) and notched two tackles before leaving the game
  • Placed on Injured Reserve on September 10

 

2007: w/ San Diego Chargers

  • Selected to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive season and tabbed second-team Associated Press All-Pro, All-NFL by USA Today Sports Weekly
  • Registered 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble, tackle for a loss and a pass defensed at NE (9/16)
  • Notched his 30th career sack, become the second-youngest (Terrell Suggs) and tying as the second fastest (Derrick Thomas, 31 games) to reach the plateau vs. KC (9/30)
  • Named SI.com Defensive Player of the Week for a 2.5 sack performance vs. OAK (10/14)
  • Tabbed AFC Defensive Player of the Week and AP Player of the Week with a 3.0 sack game in 24-10 win at KC (12/2)… added a fumble recovery and a tackle for a loss
  • Became the sixth player in NFL History with three straight 10-sack seasons with a 2.0 sack game at TEN (12/9) to open his career, joining Reggie White, Dwight Freeney, Thomas, Jevon Kearse and Anthony Smith… became one of two Chargers (Leslie O’Neal) as the only player in team history with three-plus 10-sack seasons… left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury
  • Ended a Colts’ potential game winning drive by pressuring QB Peyton Manning into an incomplete pass on a fourth-and-goal from the seven

 

2006: w/ San Diego Chargers

  • Selected to the Pro Bowl and tabbed first-team All-Pro by AP, SI and numerous other national publications as well as team Defensive Player of the Year
  • Posted 3.0 sacks vs. STL (10/29)
  • Was suspended Weeks 8-11 for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy
  • At BUF (12/3), recorded 2.0 sacks, two forced fumble and a pass break-up
  • Notched his second straight 2.0 sack game at DEN (12/10) with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery
  • Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week with 3.5 sacks in 27-20 win at SEA (12/24)
  • Posted his 17th sack of the season vs. ARI (12/31)… 17.0 sacks on the season led the NFL

 

2005: w/ San Diego Chargers

  • Selected to  first Pro Bowl after leading the team and all NFL rookies with 10.0 sacks
  • Appeared in his first career game at DEN (9/18), totaling a special teams tackle
  • Recorded his first career sack and forced fumble vs. PIT (10/10)
  • Moved into starting lineup and posted a 10-yard sack among five tackles at PHI (10/23)
  • Totaled 2.0 sacks, forced fumble and five tackles vs. KC (10/30)
  • Named Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week with 2.0 sacks in 48-10 win vs. BUF (11/20)
  • Was involved in 3.0 sacks, one solo and two assists along with three stops for losses in effort leading to a 26-17 win at IND (12/18)… win knocked off Colts’ unbeaten streak

 

COLLEGE: First-team All-America by NFL Draft Report, second-team by Sporting News and first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference following junior campaign… led Maryland in sacks with 8.5 and stops for a loss with 17 in 2004… tied for second in the ACC in sacks and ranked third in tackles for a loss… finished his Terrapin career with 189 tackles, 22.0 sacks, 32.5 tackles for a loss, 27 pressures and 10 passes defensed with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 38 games with 17 starts… majored in Criminology and criminal justice.

 

PERSONAL: Born in Washington, D.C…. all-time leader at Frederick Douglas (Upper Marlboro) High School with 443 career tackles… tabbed Associated Press Maryland Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-state as a senior… SuperPrep All-America, first-team all-metro by Washington Post and Defensive Player of the Year by PG Journal in 2001… also played tight end and started for three years on the school’s basketball team.

 

COMMUNITY:  Shawne has his own foundation which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for youth and to help the homeless.  He donates time, money and other resources throughout the country by increasing opportunities for children to lead healthy and fulfilling lives through his Lights On Foundation. By building corporate partnerships within the community, Shawne is able to provide financial assistance to projects focusing primarily on helping the homeless and children in need.
 

Shawne also supports fellow athletes and celebrities by attending and donating items for their individual causes.

PRO:  Claimed and awarded off waivers from the San Diego Chargers on November 3, 2010… originally entered the NFL as a first-round (12th overall) draft selection of the Chargers in 2005.

 

NFL AWARDS:

  • NFL Pro Bowl Selection 2005, 2006, 2007
  • AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year 2005
  • AP All-Pro First Team Selection 2005, 2006
  • AP All-Pro Second Team Selection 2007
  • Sports Illustrated NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year 2005
  • Sports Illustrated All-Pro 2005, 2006

 

CAREER:

  • Entering his seventh-year in the NFL… has started 53-of-60 games played and recorded 231 tackles (177 solo) along with 43.5 sacks
  • His 43.5 career sacks since the 2005 season rank tied for fifth among linebackers in that time-span
  • Led the NFL from 2005-07 with 39.5 sacks

 

2010: w/ San Diego Chargers

  • Appeared in three games with one start before being placed on Injured Reserve (10/13) and released on November 2
  • Posted a season-best three tackles, all solo, vs. JAC (9/19)

 

2010: w/ Buffalo Bills

• Vs. CHI (11/7): Inactive
• Vs. DET (11/14): Inactive
• At CIN (11/21): Inactive

 

2009: w/ San Diego Chargers

  • Selected to the Chargers’ 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • Started 14-of-14 games played, finishing the season with 36 tackles (26 solo) and 4.0 sacks
  • Awarded the game ball after a season-high 2.0 sack game vs. OAK (11/1), including one takedown on the Raiders’ final possession… finished the game with a season-best 7 tackles (all solo)
  • Posted a repeat performance for a game ball the following week at NYG (11/8) with 2.0 sacks coming in the fourth quarter and one coming on the game’s final play to seal the win

 

2008: w/ San Diego Chargers

  • Started the first game of the season vs. CAR (9/7) and notched two tackles before leaving the game
  • Placed on Injured Reserve on September 10

 

2007: w/ San Diego Chargers

  • Selected to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive season and tabbed second-team Associated Press All-Pro, All-NFL by USA Today Sports Weekly
  • Registered 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble, tackle for a loss and a pass defensed at NE (9/16)
  • Notched his 30th career sack, become the second-youngest (Terrell Suggs) and tying as the second fastest (Derrick Thomas, 31 games) to reach the plateau vs. KC (9/30)
  • Named SI.com Defensive Player of the Week for a 2.5 sack performance vs. OAK (10/14)
  • Tabbed AFC Defensive Player of the Week and AP Player of the Week with a 3.0 sack game in 24-10 win at KC (12/2)… added a fumble recovery and a tackle for a loss
  • Became the sixth player in NFL History with three straight 10-sack seasons with a 2.0 sack game at TEN (12/9) to open his career, joining Reggie White, Dwight Freeney, Thomas, Jevon Kearse and Anthony Smith… became one of two Chargers (Leslie O’Neal) as the only player in team history with three-plus 10-sack seasons… left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury
  • Ended a Colts’ potential game winning drive by pressuring QB Peyton Manning into an incomplete pass on a fourth-and-goal from the seven

 

2006: w/ San Diego Chargers

  • Selected to the Pro Bowl and tabbed first-team All-Pro by AP, SI and numerous other national publications as well as team Defensive Player of the Year
  • Posted 3.0 sacks vs. STL (10/29)
  • Was suspended Weeks 8-11 for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy
  • At BUF (12/3), recorded 2.0 sacks, two forced fumble and a pass break-up
  • Notched his second straight 2.0 sack game at DEN (12/10) with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery
  • Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week with 3.5 sacks in 27-20 win at SEA (12/24)
  • Posted his 17th sack of the season vs. ARI (12/31)… 17.0 sacks on the season led the NFL

 

2005: w/ San Diego Chargers

  • Selected to  first Pro Bowl after leading the team and all NFL rookies with 10.0 sacks
  • Appeared in his first career game at DEN (9/18), totaling a special teams tackle
  • Recorded his first career sack and forced fumble vs. PIT (10/10)
  • Moved into starting lineup and posted a 10-yard sack among five tackles at PHI (10/23)
  • Totaled 2.0 sacks, forced fumble and five tackles vs. KC (10/30)
  • Named Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week with 2.0 sacks in 48-10 win vs. BUF (11/20)
  • Was involved in 3.0 sacks, one solo and two assists along with three stops for losses in effort leading to a 26-17 win at IND (12/18)… win knocked off Colts’ unbeaten streak

 

COLLEGE: First-team All-America by NFL Draft Report, second-team by Sporting News and first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference following junior campaign… led Maryland in sacks with 8.5 and stops for a loss with 17 in 2004… tied for second in the ACC in sacks and ranked third in tackles for a loss… finished his Terrapin career with 189 tackles, 22.0 sacks, 32.5 tackles for a loss, 27 pressures and 10 passes defensed with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 38 games with 17 starts… majored in Criminology and criminal justice.

 

PERSONAL: Born in Washington, D.C…. all-time leader at Frederick Douglas (Upper Marlboro) High School with 443 career tackles… tabbed Associated Press Maryland Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-state as a senior… SuperPrep All-America, first-team all-metro by Washington Post and Defensive Player of the Year by PG Journal in 2001… also played tight end and started for three years on the school’s basketball team.

 

COMMUNITY:  Shawne has his own foundation which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for youth and to help the homeless.  He donates time, money and other resources throughout the country by increasing opportunities for children to lead healthy and fulfilling lives through his Lights On Foundation. By building corporate partnerships within the community, Shawne is able to provide financial assistance to projects focusing primarily on helping the homeless and children in need.
 

Shawne also supports fellow athletes and celebrities by attending and donating items for their individual causes.

 

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