June 19, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Shawne Merriman (56) lines up for a drill during the Bills minicamp at the Ralph Wilson Stadium practice field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Former San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman Is Retiring

Shawne Merriman has announced on his website, shawnemerriman.com, that he is sending in his retirement papers to the NFL.

I remember the days that Shawne was blowing past offensive linemen and destroying quarterbacks. Those were the days! Merriman was a beast and made that San Diego Chargers defense feared across the league.

Then he had that injury and was busted for using performance enhancing drugs.

Oh the memories. He literally ended the careers of runningbacks after the big time hits he put on them. Remember Priest Holmes. Career done.

I also remember that time when Maurice Jones-Drew destroyed Shawne with a  vicious block. That was sad, yet incredible.

Shawne yelling at Antonio Cromartie for not attempting to tackle Shonn Greene! We all were pissed at Cro.

Whether you believe it was the injuries or the drugs that stopped Merriman from being a BOSS, that is your opinion. I will blame it on Tila Tequila!

We all do know that his career was a downfall after those events. I still will not forgive Jeff Fisher for calling the hit on Merriman in that game.

Want to talk bounty? Jeff Fisher!

Thanks Shawne for the memories! Those were some fun defenses to watch.

Thank goodness we drafted Larry English to fill Shawne’s shoes. What would we do without Larry?

What is your favorite Shawne Merriman memory?

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