Guido Merkens
Date of birth: (1955-08-14) August 14, 1955 (age 64)
Place of birth: San Antonio, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Defensive Back, Punter, Return specialist
College: Sam Houston State
 As player:
Houston Oilers
New Orleans Saints
Philadelphia Eagles
Playing stats at

Guido Albert Merkens, Jr. (born August 14, 1955 in San Antonio, Texas) is a former professional American football player who played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, punter and Defensive Back for ten seasons for the Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL.

Merkens was a 1973 graduate of Edison High School in San Antonio, then played both quarterback and defensive back for Sam Houston State University. His versatility became a hallmark of his professional career.[1] In his first two seasons in the NFL, he was primarily a punt return specialist. During his tenure with the Saints, he served as the third-string quarterback, holder for field goals and special teams player; with occasional time as a wide receiver or safety. His penchant for being the emergency backup for all of the aforementioned positions earned him the reputation of a "jack of all trades".[2]

In popular cultureEdit

During the second season of the TV show "Chuck" on NBC, the episode "Chuck versus the DeLorean" first broadcast on December 8, 2008 mentioned Merkens when John Casey (Adam Baldwin) states that Sarah's dad (played by Gary Cole) has checked into a hotel under the alias "Guido Merkens."


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