By Tim Graham
Every time I see his age, I'm surprised.
What doesn't surprise me is the report failed Buffalo Bills reclamation project Shawne Merriman was rushed to the hospital Sunday night for what the Los Angeles Time reporter Andrew Blankstein called an "alcohol-drug overdose" while at a club in Hollywood.
BREAKING: Sources tell me Ex Charger, Shawne Merriman overdosed, ingested unspecified combo of alcohol-drug. Earlier: lat.ms/19fJYIv— Andrew Blankstein (@anblanx) June 10, 2013
Merriman turned 29 just two weeks ago. He's two years and four months younger than Miami Dolphins pass-rusher Cameron Wake, who's considered to be entering his prime. Merriman announced his retirement in March after the Bills declined to re-sign him.
Merriman tweeted he was with hip-hop artist The Game on Sunday night. Bills receiver Stevie Johnson recorded a song with The Game last year.
Merriman was a cyclone in his first three seasons with the San Diego Chargers. He recorded 39.5 sacks in 42 games, a stretch that included a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
His body began to fall apart, and the Chargers waived him in 2010 over concerns he wasn't properly taking care of his injuries while reveling in the Southern California lifestyle too much.
Former Bills GM Buddy Nix, previously a Chargers personnel executive, claimed Merriman off waivers. Merriman suffered a season-ending injury minutes into his first Bills practice, but the club signed him to a two-year extension anyway.
Merriman played 15 games for Buffalo and managed two sacks.