NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Former Merrimack All-American linebacker Shawn Loiseau (Shrewsbury, Mass.) made his NFL debut on Saturday night for the Houston Texans as they played the Carolina Panthers on the NFL Network.
"Being on that field was not only a dream come true but a culmination of everything I have ever worked for my entire life," stated Loiseau after his first NFL action.
Loiseau played most of the fourth quarter on special teams and on the defensive side of the ball for the Texans in their 26-13 preseason victory on Saturday night.
Loiseau finished his first NFL action with two total tackles including one solo tackle on punt coverage. Loiseau made a touchdown saving tackle on a punt return in the third quarter by Panthers return man Joe Adams, running from the opposite side of the field preventing a score.
On his first play on the defensive side of the ball, Loiseau covered the running back out of the backfield and made a solid open field tackle, his second of the game.
"It felt so good to be able to run around and make plays like I have done my whole life," expressed Loiseau. "What makes it even better is that now it is on the biggest stage in football."
The Texans head back to training camp this week and will return home for their second preseason game on Saturday, August 18 at 8 p.m. against the San Francisco 49ers.