Vote Merriman for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year

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Oct 14, 2005
SHAWNE MERRIMAN (San Diego Chargers) – Merriman finished the season ranked first among NFL rookies, and 15th overall, with 10 sacks. He made an immediate impact on the Chargers’ defense, recording 57 tackles, the fifth-highest total on the team. Some of Merriman’s best performances came in San Diego’s biggest games. In a Week 8 victory over the AFC West-rival Kansas City Chiefs, he recorded five tackles and two sacks. Then, when the Chargers knocked off the previously-undefeated Indianapolis Colts in Week 15, he recorded seven tackles and two sacks. Merriman, who attended the University of Maryland, was nominated for four Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week awards, winning once.