|Shawne Merriman announces retirement|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, March 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm ET
Shawne Merriman Profile
Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, most recently with the Buffalo Bills, announced his retirement after eight seasons in the NFL.
Merriman, who had the nickname "Lights Out," was known for his hard hits and pressures generated on opposing quarterbacks.
"After a lengthy discussion with my agent, family and team, I have officially decided to put in my retirement papers today," Merriman stated 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."