Two seasons ago the Denver Broncos were making a Super Bowl run, courtesy of a swarming defense led by linebacker Von Miller, who would eventually be the Super Bowl MVP. It’s looking like déjà vu this season as Miller and the Broncos are once again terrorizing opposing offenses. This week it will be Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs who host Denver, Monday, Oct. 30 on ESPN.
After a solid college career at Texas A&M, Miller was projected as a Top 5 pick in the 2011 NFL draft. The Broncos took him second overall. The pick paid off quickly, as Miller forced a fumble on his first play from scrimmage and went on to become the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the year. Denver continued to build a defense around Miller, and in 2014 acquired veteran linebacker/defensive end, DeMarcus Ware, solidifying the unit.
In 2015 quarterback Peyton Manning stabilized a sluggish offense while Denver’s defense took over. Miller became the third youngest player to record his 50th sack, and by late in the season it was obvious this team was going to be a tough out. Miller recorded 2.5 sacks and an interception of Tom Brady in the AFC Championship game, and was Cam Newton’s biggest problem in the Super Bowl, where Miller had another 2.5 sacks and two key forced fumbles; one that was returned for a touchdown.
If the Broncos’ offense can continue to help their defense this season, another solid run for Miller and Denver is likely in the works.
Vonnie B’Vsean Miller Jr.
Born: March 26, 1989
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Height/Weight: 6 foot 3 inches / 250 pounds
Team: Denver Broncos
Position: Outside Linebacker
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2011, Round 1, Pick 2
Honors and Achievements: Super Bowl 50 Champion and MVP, 2016; Pro Bowl, 2011, 2012, 2014–2016; NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, 2011.