Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman has confirmed that he’s committed to pro football for the 2010 season. But he hasn’t closed the door on eventually becoming a pro wrestler.
“It’s been talked about,” Merriman told XX 1090 in San Diego, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I guess it’s the offseason and with things a little slow there’s probably some other things to be talked about. I just want to set the record straight. I’m preparing myself for a 110 percent hell of a season, football season that is. All that stuff is talk. I’m a huge, huge wrestling fan, I’ve always been, and I’ve had a few talks with Vince McMahon before and it’s a possibility.”
Still, it sounds like it’s not something he’ll be doing soon.
“Not saying it’s a possibility of me doing it, it’s just been talked about as a possibility,” Merriman said. “Especially a lot of things happening with the CBA and stuff like that going on. All that stuff will take care of itself. I’ve just been training to get back to where I want to be playing football. Because that’s the most important thing to me in my life right now.”
The talk of Merriman wrestling has arisen because former pro wrestler, Bill Goldberg, has mused about a return to the squared circle — and Goldberg has said that he’d come back as a member of a tag team with Merriman. The fact that Merriman is a restricted free agent in 2010 and could be, depending on the rules that will apply, an unrestricted free agent in 2011, it’s not ridiculous to consider the possibility that the free-spirited Merriman would opt to turn the “Lights Out” with a folding chair for a year, before resuming his NFL career.
He’s now made it clear — if he’s going to swing any chairs at all, it’ll happen on a football field.