The Hall of Fame for Sam Merriman

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Sam Merriman

Former University of Idaho football great Sam Merriman will be inducted into the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame, as part of the 56th North Idaho Sports Award Banquet. The event will be held on April 14, at the Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn.

Merriman played linebacker his first two seasons under coach Jerry Davitch, and his final two under (future Seahawks head coach) Dennis Erickson. A four-year starter, he led the team in tackles his final three seasons, with his four-year total of 519 still standing as the most in school history.

He was a three-time All-Big Sky Conference selection, earning first-team as a senior, and capped his college career by playing in the East-West Shrine Game.

He was drafted by the Seahawks in the seventh round of the 1983 NFL Draft, and played five seasons, standing out on special teams. His career was ended by a knee injury in the second preseason game in 1987.

Merriman’s Seahawks’ teammate, Jim Zorn, is the featured speaker at the banquet.