Linebacker Shawne Merriman was at one time one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL, but following a four game suspension for performance enhancing drugs and a serious knee injury his production quickly declined. Now, Merriman has decided to call it quits.
“After a lengthy discussion with my agent, family and team, I have officially decided to put in my retirement papers today,” Merriman announced in a statement on his website.
“My retirement from the game I love so much and from the game that has brought me so many opportunities on and off the field has been decided with great thought for my future on and off the field. I retire today not because I don’t feel I can go out there and still play the game at a very high level, I am retiring because I want to retire on my own terms and leave while I know I can still physically play the game.”
Merriman ends his time in the NFL with 45.5 career sacks.
It was a very solid career for Merriman, but instead of trying to test the free agency waters he has decided to turn out the lights. The party’s over.