Lights Out in the Upper Deck Building


Working at Upper Deck has its perks. Just ask Roger Fernandez. Shawne “Lights Out” Merriman came to our building today for a story in an upcoming ESPN Magazine issue about cool jobs in sports. This particular section in the feature will be all about Roger, and the team he manages here in the office.

The cool facts, stats and bios you see on the back of Upper Deck cards all go through Roger’s team for proofing, editing and accuracy confirmation. For each sport, they’ll use all official and reliable resources at their disposal to make sure the content is engaging, and all listed facts and statistics are correct.



For this shoot Roger did what he does best, weighing Merriman on a scale to make sure the stats are accurate. From my vantage point, “big” summed it up well enough.


For the best part of the shoot, Merriman was surrounded by a pile of Upper Deck cards, turning the tables on Roger as he did the proofing.



Just another day at the office out here in Carlsbad. I can tell you firsthand that Mr. Merriman is one big, athletic dude, with a remarkably nice attitude to match. Along with the rest of the San Diego community, we’ll be cheering on the Chargers this year: with “Lights Out” back to full health, it’s hunting season on opposing quarterbacks yet again here in America’s Finest City. Come for the weather, stay for the sacks.

Tomorrow: the debut of our Brag Photo of the Week!

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3 Responses to “Lights Out in the Upper Deck Building”

  1. Yankees Chick Says:

    By all accounts SM sounds like one of the more humble and sincere NFL-ers out there. Hopefully us poor Charger fans will finally get to see more of him ON the field in 2009!!

  2. fullbodytransplant Says:

    How did you get “Shawne” past the spellcheck?

    Hilarious idea for a photo shoot. Somebody had mad fun making that mess, give them a pat on the back for me.

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