Nothing But Love For Merriman

There was a point in time where it seemed Shawne Merriman was one of the most hated players in football. When Jason Taylor and Champ Bailey start to campaign against Merriman winning the DPOY, well, that doesn't look too good in league circles. You're talking about a couple of the most respected players in the NFL.

But with all that behind him, and a whole offseason to repair damaged relationships, Shawne Merriman has endeared himself to many of his peers league-wide.

Guys like John Lynch and Champ Bailey have gotten to know the real Shawne, and they have come away impressed with his love and respect for the game and its great players.

“He has a lot of respect for the guys who play,” Denver cornerback Champ Bailey said. “That means a lot.”

Broncos safety John Lynch volunteered: “One thing about Shawne I appreciate is he has always been very respectful. He comes up to me and says, 'Hi, Mr. Lynch.' ”

Lynch finds Merriman entertaining.

“I played with Warren Sapp when he was young,” Lynch said. “It was very similar. They both have charisma about them, and they want to be the best. (Merriman) doesn't make any secret he wants to be the best. That's fine, as long as your game reflects it. His does.”

Teammates understand, embrace Merriman's persona

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July 31, 2007

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