A brief look at the Broncos defensive stalwart, his career achievements and what we can expect from him this season.
It’s difficult to have a conversation about the Broncos defense and not mention Von Miller in the same sentence. The 31 year old line-backer, born in Dallas Texas has made a hall of fame career for himself in Denver. He played college ball at Texas A&M where he earned All American honours and was awarded the Butkus award for the title of most outstanding line-backer in the nation.
Drafted at the second overall spot in the 2011 draft, the Broncos have certainly received value for their selection in the years following. Miller boasts an incredible resume – Super BowlChampion (SB50), Super Bowl MVP (SB50), 3x First Team All-Pro and member of the NFL’s 2010’s all decade team to name but a few of his accomplishments.
Now, I understand it may seem like all of this is obvious and a lot of Broncos fans may be reading this and saying, “…well duh, we know how good he is?!” And I think that makes it even more important to highlight, recognise and talk about the talent that Miller has. Too often teams have special players and incredible talents on their roster and they don’t become fully appreciated by the fan base until they either get traded or retire. Von Miller will definitely be one of those players. He gets unending amounts of attention every season but will be missed and appreciated more than ever when he hangs up the cleats.
He currently holds the Broncos records for sacks in a career (106), a single season (18.5), and the most in a playoff game (2.5, SB50). Records which look set to be held for quite a while.
His performance in Super Bowl 50 was nothing short of heroic and will live in the hearts of Broncos fans forever: 2.5 Sacks, 2 QB Hits and two forced fumbles. His performance really swayed the game in the Broncos favour that evening as the offense struggled at times and so deservedly he was named Super Bowl MVP and cemented his legacy as a Bronco’s legend.
So, we know what Miller is capable of achieving. His career stats show the high level of football he’s been playing for the previous eight seasons. Now entering his ninth, what can Broncos fans expect from him this season? The curious world of 2020 and the empty NFL stadiums (Sounds like a budget Harry Potter book) will definitely have an impact on all teams this season and we are all ready for one of the most uncertain seasons in history. But aside from all that, talking strictly about on field play, what version of Von will we get this season? His supporting cast on defense will play a crucial role to his success. Bradley Chubb and Jurrell Casey will complement each other along the line allowing Miller to be a force elsewhere. As the leader of the defense, his veteran presence, along with the tutelage of Head Coach Vic Fangio and the young secondary will provide the perfect cocktail of experience and youthfulness to create a successful and dominant defense this season.
At the age of 31, Miller may not have many years left on the clock, but the hunger and desire for a second Lombardi will keep him on the field for a while yet.
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