Shawne Merriman is one of the greatest Chargers in franchise history. He played for the organization from 2005 to 2010, was a three-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro, was NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and led the NFL in sacks in 2006. He’s given that fan base a lot to cheer for.
Now he’s trying to again.
Merriman is part of a group of former Chargers committed to keeping the team in San Diego. Needless to say, the last few months have not been easy.
“It’s terrible,” Merriman said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I was actually put on the board, almost a council, to help to keep the team there in San Diego, along with some of my teammates and some previous Chargers who played before me. We’re doing everything we can to spread the word, to have different rallies and really get the information across to keep the team there in San Diego. To me personally, there’s been more than enough proposals that’s gone across the table. There’s been more than enough opportunities for the team to stay in San Diego. But it doesn’t seem like that’s what the organization wants to do. So I can’t see the Chargers moving to Carson, but you have to think at this point in time with these deadlines and everything coming aboard that it is a possibility.”
Thus, while the franchise might claim that San Diego hasn’t given the team enough reason or encouragement to stay, the exact opposite may be true: the Chargers have received plenty of reasons and encouragement to stay, but they’ve ignored them.
“Yeah, no question,” Merriman said. “I’ve seen several of those proposals that’s come across the table with my own eyes. I definitely feel like there’s more than enough ways to stay there in San Diego. You have the issues with the tax payer money, then you have the environmental issues, now you don’t have environmental issues – every hurdle that’s been there we’ve leaped across, and they’re still finding a way to be another hurdle. So it’s just terrible. I feel terrible for the fans who grew up and supported the organization, and for them to just get up and take off like that (is sad).”