King Merriman Eats How He Wants To

Jason Taylor and Brian Urlacher seem green with envy that almost as quickly as he has arrived, Merriman has become most dominant defensive player in the game. Its true that at one point in time Taylor and Urlacher laid claim to that throne. But it is now Merriman who rules over the fields where pro football is played.

An old King must eventually pass the torch to a young Prince; the next generation of royalty. Those kings of days past do so either willingly or begrudgingly, but in either case, must accept the fact that their place is no longer at the head of the table. Brian Urlacher and Jason Taylor can whine and complain about Shawne Merriman and the things he does on and off the field. But the simple fact remains that King Merriman gets served first at dinner time and he eats his food the way he wants to. Got a problem with how he eats? Keep it to yourself:

Brian Urlacher rolled his eyes and then exhaled as if to say he wanted no part of a conversation about San Diego's Shawne Merriman. But the Bears linebacker couldn't dance around the subject long.

Merriman's outrageous "Lights Out" bunny hop to celebrate a sack, a routine Merriman has vowed to tone down this season, indeed gets underneath Urlacher's skin. Not that Urlacher has something against the Chargers' sack king.

Or maybe he does.

"The thing is, if you're going to do it, do it all the time," Urlacher said. "Do it when you make a bad play too. You'll never see me doing any stupid [stuff] like that after a play. The only thing I'll do is get a little happy with my teammates."

Via Chicago Tribune

"You really shouldn't be able to fail a test like that and play in this league, to begin with," Taylor said Wednesday. "To make the Pro Bowl and all the other awards, I think you're walking a fine line of sending the wrong message."

Merriman, who plays outside linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, has denied he's a steroid cheat and blamed his positive test on a tainted supplement.

"A performance-enhancing drug is, obviously, what it is," Taylor said. "You enhance your performance by doing that. You fail that test, I think it's not right. It's against the rules and ultimately I think it's sending the wrong message to the youth in America and the people who look at this game not only as entertainment but also to learn lessons from it."


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