NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Shawn Loiseau (Shrewsbury, Mass.) became the first Warrior in school history to sign to the practice squad of an NFL franchise on Tuesday. Loiseau signed with the Indianapolis Colts yesterday.
"I couldn't be more excited for the opportunity that the Colts organization is giving me," said Loiseau. "I am going to work as hard as possible while I am here to prove to them that I belong."
Loiseau was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft on May 14, 2012 before being waived on August 31 following the Texans last preseason contest. Loiseau has received some interest throughout the first 10 weeks of the NFL season before signing to the Colts practice squad on Tuesday. He began team activities on Tuesday afternoon in Indianapolis after passing his physical in the morning.
The Shrewsbury, Mass. native became the first Merrimack College player to sign a NFL deal on Tuesday. Offensive lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau from Bentley University remains the only Northeast-10 player ever drafted in the NFL being selected in the seventh round, pick number 250, by the Carolina Panthers.
Loiseau left Merrimack as one of the most decorated student-athletes in school history. He was a consensus All American last fall after piling up 121 tackles, breaking the 100 tackle plateau for the third straight season.
"We are so proud of Shawn and I am glad he is continuing to live his dream," said head coach John Perry. "He is an example of what is possible here at Merrimack for all of our student-athletes."
Loiseau finished his career with 382 tackles, including 377 in his final three seasons, ranking him first all-time in school history. He broke the school record for tackles in a season with 133 in 2010 and was named 2nd team All-American. Loiseau was twice named Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, marking the first time a Merrimack player earned that award on two occasions.
Loiseau played in the East-West Shrine game following his senior season, marking the first ever Warrior to be invited and to participate in the game. He also took part in the NFL Scouting Combine, the lone Northeast-10 Conference player invited to participate.
"Hearing the news about Shawn this morning really capped what has been a great weekend in Merrimack Football as our senior class finished the season with a great win Saturday and a 9-2 record at home over the last two season," stated Perry.