Sam Merriman
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 05/02/2007
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Sam Merriman terrorized opponents’ offenses from 1979 to 1982 as a linebacker for the Vandal football team. For four years, Merriman tackled anything that moved, compiling a school-record 519 career tackles. The second-best total is 59 tackles back. Merriman earned Idaho Defensive MVP honors in 1981 and 1982 and earned First Team All-Big Sky honors in 1992. Merriman owns the third- and fifth-best single-season tackle totals in Idaho history with 145 in 1981 and 138 in 1979. The Seattle Seahawks made Merriman a seventh-round draft pick in 1983 to start his five-year NFL career.