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Shawne Merriman Q&A

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.chargers.com/news/headline_detail.cfm?news_key=2374" target="_blank">Chargers.com</a>

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/merriman04.jpg" alt="Shawne Merriman" />

    With a selection obtained in a 2004 trade with the New York Giants, the Chargers used the 12th pick in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft to snag linebacker Shawne Merriman. Merriman took time out of his busy rookie schedule to answer several questions in a Chargers exclusive Q&A.

    <strong>What was it like preparing for the NFL combine, NFL Draft, etc. and your rookie season in the NFL?</strong>
    "The NFL combine was a long process. I had to go through a lot of physical and psychological tests, medical tests and everything. I'm glad it's over."

    <strong>First memory of the San Diego Chargers</strong>
    "When I came out here on my visit before the draft, I met Drew Brees and I met Philip (Rivers) again who I used to play against in college. I remember meeting a couple of my teammates I'm here with now."

    <strong>How did it feel to run out on the field for the first time?</strong>
    "My head was spinning. Everything felt like one big wave. My adrenaline was going and I could hardly breathe."
    What's the biggest difference playing in the NFL compared to college football?</strong>
    "The guys have been around a lot longer. They're more experienced and people are a lot older than I am. There are guys ten or fifteen years older out there. They've got a lot of experience."
    What NFL player or coach did you look up to most growing up?</strong>
    "LaVar Arrington was my big brother growing up. Out of everybody it would be him."

    <strong>How has your life changed life since becoming a NFL player?</strong>
    "It's a lot busier. It's a job. My job is to get out on that field and play, take care of my body to where I go into the saunas and whirlpools – not to mention eat better."

    <strong>If you were not a football player and could play another sport, what sport would you play?</strong>
    "I would definitely, 100% be a wrestler. No doubt about it."

    "I play a lot of pool and I love to bowl."
    One thing you want all fans to know about you?</strong>
    "That I'm relentless. I'm a mean, hard guy on the field but off the field I'm one of the nicest people you'd want to be around."
    Most embarrassing football moment?</strong>
    "Coming out of my first college football game in the tunnel I tripped behind the 50 yard line and fell flat on my face and jumped up like nothing happened."
    Most interesting thing about yourself that most people do not know?</strong>
    "Probably that I'm a workout king. People do not know in detail the stuff I do to maintain my body in the gym."

    <strong>Mentor growing up?</strong>
    "My high school coaches growing up and my big brother LaVar Arrington."

    <strong>Name one player other than a current teammate you wish you had the opportunity to play with?</strong>
    "My big brother LaVar Arrington or Ray Lewis."

    <strong>Do you have a prediction of who will win the 2005 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year?</strong>
    "Offense I think it will be Cadillac (Williams). Defense I would have to say myself. If I keep playing defense and keep making plays and stay healthy for the most part, I think I can come away with it."

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