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NFL.COM Voters select LB Shawne Merriman as Week 11 Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Voters on NFL.com have made their choice. Linebacker Shawne Merriman of the San Diego Chargers is the Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for games played on November 20-21, the NFL announced today.

    Merriman recorded four tackles and two sacks in the Chargers' 48-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills. He had sacks of minus-4 and minus-8 yards and now leads the team with seven sacks this season. Merriman ranks sixth on the team with 32 tackles.

    More than 34,900 fans voted this week on NFL.com. Merriman was selected from among five finalists. The other finalists were running back Marion Barber of the Dallas Cowboys, wide receiver Braylon Edwards of the Cleveland Browns, quarterback Kyle Orton of the Chicago Bears and running back Carnell Williams of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XL in Detroit.

    This is Pepsi's fourth year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the first year that Diet Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.
     

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