Von Miller has been Denver's defensive MVP this season. (Jack Dempsey/AP Photo)

Broncos' Miller Fined $15,000, Patterns Play After Former Chief LB Derrick Thomas

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Von Miller hit Carson Palmer hard last week. Palmer wasn’t the only one hit, however. Miller took a hit to the wallet after the NFL fined him $15,000 for the helmet-to-chest hit he put on Palmer after he released the ball.

A flag was thrown on the play for roughing the passer.

This week he will step onto the field where his hero used to play. The late Derrick Thomas wore No. 58 throughout his Hall of Fame career. Miller wears the same number and tries to emulate the heroic former Chiefs linebacker.

Miller said that he listened to an interview of Thomas and that’s where his desire to play like him began.

“He said he looked at playing defensive end as being like a running back and the offensive line were trying to block him from getting to the quarterback,” Miller said. “That interview is what made me fall in love with Derrick Thomas, the football player.”

Miller is doing his part to make a name for himself. He leads the Broncos in sacks with 6.5 and he’s a top candidate for the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year.

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