Shawne Merriman: “My Footballhood Has Been Questioned”
Posted by Mike Florio on May 1, 2009, 12:08 p.m.
Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman missed all but one game of the 2008 season after undergoing surgery to repair torn knee ligaments, including a torn PCL.
He’s now ready to come back with a bang.
“My footballhood has been questioned,” Merriman recently told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “That is worse than questioning someone’s manhood.”
The process starts Friday, with the launch of the first minicamp of the offseason.
“This year is literally going to be about unleashing,” Merriman said. “Unleashing so much I’ve got pent up in me. . . . It’s going to be an interesting year. I’m bringing all the ruckus. I’m going to do the ‘Lights Out’ dance so often people will be glad to see me go — like, ‘Get that dance out of here.’”
He realizes that there’s talk of 2009 being his last year in San Diego, since it’s the last year of his rookie deal. (But, like many guys who would be unrestricted free agents if 2010 were a capped year, Merriman might not realize that it’ll be easy for the Chargers to squat on his rights via the rules of restricted free agency, since he won’t have six years of service.)
“If the rumor going around presents itself to be, I’m going to go out with a hell of a bang,” Merriman said. “I’m going to try to be part of something that has never happened here in San Diego.”
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Shawn Merriman " My Footballhood Has Been Questioned "
Posted 01 May 2009 - 09:22 PM
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