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Merriman takes rookie honor

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    <blockquote>Source: Chargers.com

    By Casey Pearce

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/merriman13.jpg" class="left" alt="Shawne Merriman" />When the Chargers drafted linebacker Shawne Merriman with the 12th overall pick in last April's draft, they knew they were getting an impact player. "Lights Out" proved to be just that, and on Wednesday his contributions earned him Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

    "I think anybody who goes as high as I did in the draft should be planning to be a game-changer, point blank," he said. "I figured somewhere down the line, if I learned fast enough and stuck by these older guys, sit back and learn as much as I could, that I could get out here and perform, that was really it. I've got a bunch of great teammates, and you almost can't go wrong being around those guys, with their years of experience."

    Merriman entered the starting lineup in Week 7 and immediately made his mark. He recorded five tackles and sacked Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. A week later, Trent Green became a victim of Merriman twice.</blockquote>
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