NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Merrimack football senior Shawn Loiseau (Shrewsbury, Mass.) is ready to solidify himself as the only Merrimack player ever to hear his name announced at the NFL Draft this weekend. The three-day 2012 NFL Draft gets underway from New York City's Radio City Music Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday.
"The popularity of the NFL is growing every year and the draft has become an event in itself," said offensive coordinator Dan Curran. "It's a moment where a lifetime of work all comes together for a select few individuals."
The Draft will be televised live on ESPN, NFL Network and streamed on NFL.com. The first round takes center stage Thursday night. Rounds two and three begin at 7 p.m. Friday, while the remaining four rounds air at 12 p.m. Saturday.
If Loiseau is drafted, he will become only the second Northeast-10 Conference player to ever be selected in the NFL Draft. The only other Northeast-10 player selected was offensive lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau from Bentley University. Bernadeau was selected in the seventh round, pick number 250, by the Carolina Panthers.
"Anyone that has been thru the draft process or been involved in it understands how difficult it is to be drafted in the NFL, said seven year NFL veteran Curran. "Shawn's story is one of perseverance and determination. Playing in the NFL is a privilege and not a right. In all my years around the game of football no one is more deserving of this honor than Shawn. There is no doubt in my mind that Shawn is going to have a great NFL career."
Loiseau has left a mark on the Merrimack football program as leaves as the all-time leading tackler in school history with 382 tackles. Loiseau broke the 100 tackle plateau in each of his last three seasons on campus and was twice named the Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He received the All-American nod on two occasions and will go down in the Northeast-10 record books as the third most prolific tackler in conference history.
Loiseau took part in Merrimack football's first-ever pro day on the campus of Merrimack College in front of NFL scouts. Loiseau also took part in Boston College's pro day workouts and was the first Warrior to receive an invite to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, IN. Prior to his appearance at the scouting combine, Loiseau, played in the East-West Shrine Game held in Tampa, FL. He is the only Merrimack football player to participate in the game.
"We are so proud of Shawn and we really believe he deserves all the credit for his success but I think this is a bigger step for Merrimack," said head coach John Perry. "Shawn has the talent and the work ethic to make it. But I don't think many people think someone could do this from Merrimack. I told the people at our banquet this is like Neil Armstrong landing on the moon. "One small step for Shawn one giant leap for Merrimack". He has brought so much pride to our student body, our alumni and the whole Merrimack Valley."
The Warriors will host their annual spring game on Saturday April 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Martone-Mejail Field.
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