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By Aaron Oster | April 14, 2014
Former NFL and University of Maryland linebacker Shawne Merriman signed a contract with WWE late last week, ending months of speculation and adding another Terps player to the wrestling world. In November, Merriman had a workout at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., but it seemed like nothing developed and a contract wasn't offered at the time. But then Merriman took part in WrestleMania weekend, including appearing on camera in WWE's preshow panel for WrestleMania, as well as WWE Raw on Monday.
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Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 13, 2014
Maryland's football coaches convened inside Gossett Team House during the Terps ' bye last week. They assessed how players fared during the first half of the season, analyzed what worked and what didn't from a game plan standpoint and also discussed what needs to change heading into the second half of the year. The reality? The Terps (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) have some issues that need to be addressed for Maryland to make a run during the second half of the season, which begins with a home game against Iowa on Saturday.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 15, 2014
For around 15 hours Saturday, Shawne Merriman was at the Big Ten Network building in Chicago watching, evaluating and talking about the conference's football games. Merriman, the former Maryland and NFL star who now serves as an analyst for the Big Ten Network, saw the Terps' 40-37 loss to West Virginia and watched the majority of the other teams around the Big Ten play as well. Merriman took some time Monday to talk to The Baltimore Sun about Maryland, the Big Ten and how he sees the Terps stacking up in the Big Ten. What did you think watching Maryland on Saturday?
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 17, 2014
When former Maryland star Shawne Merriman watched the Seattle Seahawks play the Green Bay Packers earlier this month, he saw a Seahawks offense that found different, creative ways to get the ball in the hands of their top playmaker -- wide receiver Percy Harvin. The Seahawks lined Harvin up in the backfield, used Harvin as a traditional wide receiver and also put him in motion and handed him the ball on jet sweeps. In all, Harvin touched the ball 11 times. Merriman said he wants to see the Terps do more of those types of things to get the ball in the hands of wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long.
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By Steven Petrella and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2012
Once the most feared pass rusher in football, famous for his 'lights-out' celebration dance in opposing backfields, Shawne Merriman has seemingly fallen off the map since the turn of the decade. The former University of Maryland and San Diego Chargers star, now with the Buffalo Bills, has played in eight games in the past three seasons, making just 15 tackles. In the first three years of his career, for comparison, he had almost two-and-a-half times more sacks than that. Boy, how the mighty have fallen.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 5, 2014
Shawne Merriman dreamed of becoming either a professional football player or a professional wrestler while growing up in Upper Marlboro. While his NFL dream was completed with his retirement last year, his wrestling dream is on its way to becoming a reality. These days, Merriman also keeps busy between his responsibilities as a football analyst and the work he is doing to help grow his “Lights Out” apparel and accessory line. “When people say they're living a dream, it feels like that,” said Merriman, who was a first-round pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2005 after a standout college career at Maryland.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Tracking the Terps caught up with former Maryland linebacker/defensive end Shawne Merriman, who will hold his annual Lights On Foundation coat drive at Byrd Stadium prior to Saturday's game against Boston College. Merriman will also be Maryland's honorary captain for the game. (For more information on the coat drive, click here .)   TRACKING THE TERPS: Shawne, tell us a little bit about what you've been up to since you retired from the NFL in March. SHAWNE MERRIMAN: Well, I have a show on NFL Network's NFL AM that I do weekly, then I'm doing a whole lot of shooting [for TV shows]
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2005
COLLEGE PARK -- Shawne Merriman strutted around Cole Field House yesterday like a prizefighter nervously awaiting the opening bell. Men from all over the country, young and old, scribbled his name and pointed their stopwatches in his direction, but for the most part, Merriman seemed oblivious to it all. He wasn't the only attraction for 70-plus NFL scouts and coaches in attendance, but Merriman was certainly the main one during Maryland's annual Pro...
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | October 3, 2003
COLLEGE PARK - On Shawne Merriman's right arm, in blue ink, there is a tattoo of a light switch. A hand, with a single extended finger, has just flipped the switch to read: Off. Lights out, the tattoo reads, in perfect cursive script. Call it the rare example of body art imitating life. "Kids in high school used to tell me that's what I did, is knock people's lights out," said Merriman, who was a domminant player at Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro. "Since the hurricane knocked everyone's lights off, I've been getting jokes left and right.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2004
He was just a little kid. Four years old, 5 maybe. His grandmother, Arnethia Buchanan, can't remember his exact age that day. But she does remember being absolutely clear about her instructions. "Shawne Merriman," she said, her voice stern and authoritative, "don't you go in that creek in the backyard and play in the water, do you hear me? There are snakes down there, and you'll get bit. Don't you do it! If I catch you in that creek, you're going to get a whipping!" At the time, Merriman acted like the obedient grandson, nodding as he ran off - he was always running somewhere - but when Buchanan went to look for him a short while later, she found him standing on a basketball court, staring down at a tiny plastic bucket full of water.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 15, 2014
For around 15 hours Saturday, Shawne Merriman was at the Big Ten Network building in Chicago watching, evaluating and talking about the conference's football games. Merriman, the former Maryland and NFL star who now serves as an analyst for the Big Ten Network, saw the Terps' 40-37 loss to West Virginia and watched the majority of the other teams around the Big Ten play as well. Merriman took some time Monday to talk to The Baltimore Sun about Maryland, the Big Ten and how he sees the Terps stacking up in the Big Ten. What did you think watching Maryland on Saturday?
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 5, 2014
Shawne Merriman dreamed of becoming either a professional football player or a professional wrestler while growing up in Upper Marlboro. While his NFL dream was completed with his retirement last year, his wrestling dream is on its way to becoming a reality. These days, Merriman also keeps busy between his responsibilities as a football analyst and the work he is doing to help grow his “Lights Out” apparel and accessory line. “When people say they're living a dream, it feels like that,” said Merriman, who was a first-round pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2005 after a standout college career at Maryland.
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By Aaron Oster | April 14, 2014
Former NFL and University of Maryland linebacker Shawne Merriman signed a contract with WWE late last week, ending months of speculation and adding another Terps player to the wrestling world. In November, Merriman had a workout at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., but it seemed like nothing developed and a contract wasn't offered at the time. But then Merriman took part in WrestleMania weekend, including appearing on camera in WWE's preshow panel for WrestleMania, as well as WWE Raw on Monday.
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By Michael Neidhardt and The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2014
St. Frances linebacker Nnamdi Egbuaba committed to Maryland on Sunday morning, his coach said Sunday night, capping a short-lived college recruitment that began when the senior was offered last week. “He's just a type of kid that you would want in your program,” St. Frances coach Messay Hailemariam said. “Not only is he unbelievable on the field, but he's a better person off the field in terms of his high character, his work ethic and his ability and desires to want to succeed.” Egbuaba, 6 feet 1 and 216 pounds, had 19 sacks, 17 tackles for loss and 105 total tackles for St. Frances last season.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Tracking the Terps caught up with former Maryland linebacker/defensive end Shawne Merriman, who will hold his annual Lights On Foundation coat drive at Byrd Stadium prior to Saturday's game against Boston College. Merriman will also be Maryland's honorary captain for the game. (For more information on the coat drive, click here .)   TRACKING THE TERPS: Shawne, tell us a little bit about what you've been up to since you retired from the NFL in March. SHAWNE MERRIMAN: Well, I have a show on NFL Network's NFL AM that I do weekly, then I'm doing a whole lot of shooting [for TV shows]
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Sports Digest | November 15, 2012
Colleges Ex-Terp Merriman to hold annual coat drive Saturday Shawne Merriman , a former Maryland standout who now plays linebacker for the Buffalo Bills, will hold his annual coat drive Saturday before the Maryland-Florida State game at noon at Byrd Stadium. Over the past 10 years, Merriman and his Lights On Foundation have collected more than 20,000 coats to benefit numerous communities in the region. This year, Merriman's efforts will be focused on those affected by the storm Sandy in New York and New Jersey.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun reporter | October 1, 2006
Ray Lewis was 22 when he made the first of his seven Pro Bowls. Shawne Merriman is ahead of that pace. Inside Scouting report, stats and key matchup. PG 10D
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By RAY FRAGER | August 25, 2008
Seahawks@Chargers 8 p.m. [ESPN] It's still preseason. No Matt Hasselbeck for Seattle. No Shawne Merriman (right) for San Diego. And no Tony Kornheiser, who is reportedly taking the night off for personal reasons. But it's football, and - to quote John Keats - that is all ye know on Earth and all ye need know.
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By Steven Petrella and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2012
Once the most feared pass rusher in football, famous for his 'lights-out' celebration dance in opposing backfields, Shawne Merriman has seemingly fallen off the map since the turn of the decade. The former University of Maryland and San Diego Chargers star, now with the Buffalo Bills, has played in eight games in the past three seasons, making just 15 tackles. In the first three years of his career, for comparison, he had almost two-and-a-half times more sacks than that. Boy, how the mighty have fallen.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2010
Hey, Jamison Given the Ravens' and coach John Harbaugh's interest in Shawne Merriman, doesn't that mean he is NOT excited about the pass rushing abilities of the guys he's got? Why should he be? And isn't that an indictment of, either or both the defensive coordinator, defensive coaches and Ozzie? Your fly-on-the-wall thoughts please; no "CoachJohn-speak". Richard in Dallas Hey, Richard No one can be happy about the Ravens' pass rush. They have the ninth-fewest sacks in the NFL. So, the Ravens should have interest in Merriman — especially at a low-risk deal — or something should be very wrong.
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