Than Merrill

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Than Merrill
No. 22
Position:Free Safety
Personal information
Born: (1977-12-12) December 12, 1977 (age 43)
Fresno, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Fresno (CA)
NFL Draft:2001 / Round: 7 / Pick: 223
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:15
Games started:0
Player stats at · PFR

Nathaniel "Than" Merrill (born December 12, 1977) is an American businessman, television personality, and former professional football player. He is the co-owner of the real estate company CT Homes and the real estate investing educational company FortuneBuilders Inc. He was featured in the A&E's Flip This House in seasons 3 and 4 as part airing in 2007 to 2009, of the "New Haven" team.

Football career[edit]

In high school Merrill was selected as an All-Far West Quarterback.[1] In college, he started as a strong safety at Yale University, where he was named to Yale’s First-Team All-Ivy Selections[2] from 1999-2001. After graduating from Yale[3] he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 7th round of the 2001 NFL Draft,[4][5] but ultimately signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears for the 2001 season. He spent one season with the Bears, and registered 7 tackles. He was later allocated by the Bears to the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe.[6] In 2003, Merrill was signed by the Buccaneers and was allocated again to NFLE, this time to the Amsterdam Admirals.[7] In 2003, Merrill suffered a career-ending knee injury.

Real estate career[edit]

Merrill co-founded CT Homes, LLC in 2004. The residential real estate investment company purchases, redevelops, and sells residential, multi-family, and commercial property.[8]

Merrill and CT Homes caught the attention of the producers of Flip This House, a popular reality TV show featured on A&E, during their nationwide search for a real estate investing business. The show documented and educated prospective entrepreneurs on the intricacies of buying and selling real estate.[9] Merrill’s “New Haven” team was featured on the last three seasons, from 2007 to 2009.

Merrill helped open Realty National Inc., a San Diego Real Estate Brokerage affiliated with CT Homes, in 2011.[10] Realty National Inc. was established in Pacific Beach, San Diego and has continued to open other offices throughout California and the United States including; Orange County, Sacramento and Boston, MA.[citation needed] Merrill wrote The Real Estate Wholesaling Bible: The Fastest, Easiest Way to Get Started in Real Estate, which was published on April 21, 2014.[11]


  1. ^ "Stanford Scout".
  2. ^ "Yale All Ivy List".
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  5. ^ "ESPN Player Stats".
  6. ^ Brian Danielewicz (May 21, 2002). "Ivy Leaguers Graduate To NFL". Archived from the original on June 18, 2006. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  7. ^ "Scukanec Helps Claymores Run Wild". May 1, 2003. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  8. ^ "About CT Homes".
  9. ^ "Flip This House Video".
  10. ^ "Realty National". Archived from the original on 2014-02-01.
  11. ^ Merrill, Than (14 April 2014). Amazon Book Listing. ISBN 978-1118807521.

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