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Date of birth: (1957-07-16)July 16, 1957 (age 60)
Place of birth: Oakland, CA
Career information
Position(s): Defensive end
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 5 / Pick: 113
(By the Cincinnati Bengals)
Organizations
Playing stats at NFL.com

Richard Casey Merrill (born July 16, 1957) is a former professional American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers (1979–1982), New York Giants (1983–1986) and the New Orleans Saints in the 1987 season. Born in Oakland, California, he played college football at the University of California at Davis and was drafted in the fifth round of the 1979 NFL Draft.

Professional careerEdit

Merrill spent nine seasons in professional football as a defensive end and outside linebacker. Blessed with exceptional speed (4.65 40 yard dash), Merrill became the first designated pass rusher in the NFL to line up and pass rush from both defensive line and linebacker positions. In the 1981 season Merrill had 7 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries for the Green Bay Packers. In the strike shortened 1982 season Casey had 4 sacks. In 1984 with the New York Giants, Merrill led all Giant defensive lineman with 11 sacks, including 1 in the playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers bringing Joe Montana down with a crushing hit.

After footballEdit

Merrill now works as Executive Managing Director for the Colliers International Southwest region, based in Los Angeles, California. He is married to Nilda Merrill and they have two sons, Zach and Casey, as well as three daughters, Ella, Samantha, and Alexandrea. He lives in Bermuda Dunes, California.[1]

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