Report: Former NFL star Shawne Merriman joining WWE

Shawne Merriman is joining a long list of football players turned professional wrestlers.

Shawne Merriman spent eight years in the NFL, split between the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills, as a defensive end and outside linebacker.

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Shawne Merriman is joining a long list of football players turned professional wrestlers.

WWE commentators John Layfield and Michael Cole announced Tuesday that Merriman is “joining the WWE family.”

The 29-year-old spent eight years in the NFL, split between the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills, as a defensive end and outside linebacker.

Merriman, nicknamed “Lights Out” in the NFL, tried out for the WWE in November, but he was not offered a contract at the time. He appeared on the WWE Network’s WrestleMania preshow Sunday.

Current WWE superstar Roman Reigns — real name Joe Anoa’i — played college football at Georgia Tech before catching on with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars as a defensive end. The Rock, Lex Luger, Bill Goldberg, Ron Simmons, Ernie Ladd and Wahoo McDaniel are among former WWE stars who previously played professional football.

Merriman has a history with WWE, and seems to have the proper tone down . . .

And he knows the Divas . . .

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