Interview with Shawne MerrimanBeing named a cover athlete for a video game is a growing honor in the sporting world – how does it feel to be front and center on NFL Tour?
Oh it's great. I'm very happy to be on the cover. Growing up playing video games you can only hope for something like this. I really can't believe it.Obviously during the season your focus is on football, but when free time allows it do you play many games? Any favorites?
If I'm banged up or taking it easy I'm definitely playing. I love sports games and anything that has a military feel to it, especially Ghost Recon. Sometimes I'll have some friends/teammates over and we'll get a tournament or something going.You're from D.C., played college ball at the University of Maryland; being more of an East Coast guy now in San Diego was there any culture shock heading to California?
No, not really. Other than the seasons never change. Back home I think it's snowing right now and its 60 degrees here.With it now being your 3rd year out of college, what was the biggest adjustment you had to make to the pros?
Making my own schedule. In college, your days are kind of planned out for you. Classes, studying hard, going to practice. Is it true you earned your nickname “Lights Out” from knocking a bunch of guys out of game back in high school?
Oh yeah, sophomore year. Knocked four guys out of the game.A lot of our football gaming fans are also fans of realfootball. When you're on the field and the offense breaks the huddle, what's going through your mind right before the snap?
First thing is seeing what kind of formation they're in. Based on what we've studied in films during the week and the situation, I have an idea for what they might be doing. But when they snap the ball I pin my ears back and go. In my mind I'm going to get to the ball. Let's lay out a scenario. You're on any other team than the Chargers. Under a minute to go. Fourth and goal on your own three yard line. LT (LaDanian Tomlinson) gets the ball on a sweep and it's just you and him. What happens?
LT and I have actually talked about something like this. And I told him, if it's you and me, I'm either going to hit you hard or miss you hard.Right now the Chargers have a two-game lead in your division and the playoffs seem a lock. A lot of football has been played since Week 2, so if you go to Foxboro in the playoffs how do you see that playing out?
Wouldn't have it any other way. Obviously we'd prefer to play them here at our place, but if we get the chance I'd love to get another shot at them.
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