Merriman Shutting Down The 'Lights Out' Dance

Shawne Merriman will be making tons of plays this season, but don't be surprised if you see him high-fiving his teammates instead of busting out his signature 'Lights Out' dance. In fact, don't even called him 'Lights Out' anymore. Shawne will do just fine. Thats what his teammates and coaches call him.

Yesterday, Merriman told Sirius NFL Radio that he wont be doing the Lights Out dance this season. He later confirmed it to

"I’m just going to give my teammates a high five and try to get another one on the next play. I obviously like to have fun. It’s not like I had pressure to pull back. It’s just a personal thing. It's something I wanted to do. During the offseason, we had some changes and had a lot of things going on. I just knew we really needed to rally and make sure we were on the same page. We needed to really come together. I just thought it was important to pull back a little bit and focus on bringing us together."

So there you have it. He is stepping up as a team leader and is focused on the team's goal of a Championship. Obviously Ladainian Tomlinson is a great example of how one can be a great player and humble at the same time. As a third year player, Merriman is now a veteran on a team with many young linebackers. These guys watch how Merriman works in practice and performs on the field.

So he's toning it back some. Fine. I'm with that. Props to him. Will I miss watching him get all crazy and dance around when he sacks Quarterbacks upwards of twenty times this season? Yea. But if I want to watch the Lights Out dance, I guess I'll have to settle for watching this poor kid make a fool of himself:

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August 10, 2007

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albaNY Hawker said... Aug 10, 2007, 10:14:00 AM

Thank GOD!

That's got to go down in NFL history as one of the GAYEST sack dances ever, as evidenced by the gay white dudes in your accompanying YouTube vid!

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