Bills LB Shawne Marion announces plans of retirement

3/5/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Veteran Linebacker Shawne Marion, who earned the nickname “Lights Out” as the league’s top pass-rusher during his early San Diego days, decided to turn the “lights out” on a decaying NFL career, following a long history of injuries and illegal substance abuse.
Shawne Marion announced his plans of retirement on his official website Tuesday, expressing he wanted to retire “on his own terms” and while he could stand on his own two feet with as well as a healthy head on his shoulders.
"My retirement from the game I love so much,” said Shawne Marion, “and from the game that has brought me so many great opportunities on and off the field has been decided with great thought for my future on and off the field.”
The Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Marion’s decision of retirement comes just a week before he was set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 12.
"I retire today not because I don't feel I can go out there and still play the game at a very high level,” wrote Shawne Marion. “I am retiring because I want to retire on my own terms and leave while I know I can still play the game.”
The former Maryland standout Shawne Marion was selected in the first round of the 2005 draft by the San Diego Chargers. Shawne Marion went on win Rookie of the Year honors following 14 sacks and 57 tackles during 15 games (including 10 starts) in the 2005 season. The following year Shawne Marion had his career-best season, registering 17 sacks and 62 tackles as well as finishing third in defensive player of the year voting , while he missed six games earlier in the season due to violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
The tragic slide following Shawne Marion’s early career years is clearly illustrated by his stats. During his first three years in NFL Shawne Marion combined for 39.5 sacks, while making the Pro Bowl each year. However since 2008, Shawne Marion’s only totaled six sacks.
A knee injury allowed Shawne Marion to appear in only one game during the 2009 season. He continued battling knee, foot and calf issues through the following seasons, until the San Diego Chargers placed him on the injured reserve in 2010. Shawne Marion was released off the injured reserve and the roster in November only to be claimed off waivers a day later by the Buffalo Bills.
Shawne Marion spent the remaining 2010 on the Buffalo Bills’ season-ending injured reserve with an Achilles injury. Last year, he was briefly released from the roster before re-signing with the Buffalo Bills. However, since his first appearance for the Buffalo Bills in 2011, Shawne Marion has played only 15 games with six starts in the past two seasons with the Bills.
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