There are apparently no limits to Shawne Merriman’s mental and physical abilities. In his first year in the NFL, Merriman not only collected 10 sacks, but he was also named the 2005 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and deservedly earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl. The self-proclaimed “Lights Out” had his biggest game of the season against the then-undefeated Indianapolis Colts, helping lead the San Diego Chargers to victory with a hand in three crucial sacks.
“I have no limitations. There is nothing I cannot do out on that field. I don’t put any limitation on how far I can play this game and how much better I can get at it,” Merriman confidently expressed. “Ten sacks in my rookie season and I didn’t even start in the beginning of the year. God willing I stay healthy, I’m looking to make an impact, break records and be one of the greatest linebackers of all time.”
What you see is what you get (and a whole lot more) when looking at the 21-year-old All-Pro. Standing tall at 6’4” and sporting an impressive 272 pounds of raw power, Merriman is a force to be reckoned with. His nickname “Lights Out” came about after he knocked four opposing players out of a game in high school as a sophomore. The amazing thing is that he turned the lights out on all four opponents in just the first half. The boy was so massive and imposing at the time that his own coaches would refuse to let him participate in contact drills during practice for the well-being of his own teammates.
One thing that people don’t know about Shawne Merriman is that off the field he is one of the most humble and levelheaded people to be around. With a strong business mind as well, Merriman already has a second career ahead of him as a businessman and entrepreneur.
“I have my ‘Lights Out’ clothing line that will actually start selling on my Web site (www.shawnemerriman.com) before I actually start putting the line out in stores,” he explained. “I have a lot of requests right now to put them in stores, so I know it’s going to be a hot commodity around town.”
Not only does the business-minded Merriman have visions of running a successful clothing line, but he’s also a minority owner of Stingaree—a three story, 22,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art restaurant and nightclub in the heart of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter.