You have to give Von Miller credit. Not only did he exceed expectations in his rookie year posting 11.5 sacks, but he showed that game in and game out, he was a fighter until the end.
Miller missed just one game after having thumb surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right hand. He had to wear a large cast on his hand while playing the final games of the Broncos season.
The kid plays until the final whistle even if his team is down 45-10 in a playoff game against the New England Patriots. He demonstrated that when he was called for a late hit against the Patriots in the final minutes of the game. Aside from the hit resulting in pushing and shoving going on, it lightened Miller’s wallet as well. It was announced Friday that Miller received a $7,500 fine for the hit.
After the game Miller posted this on his Twitter account:
“Was not a cheap shot, hit was totally legal, Play wasn’t over, I could’ve loafed and said game over, but I didn’t. “Never quit, never give up.” – Von Miller via Twitter
You have to like the linebacker even more now. Miller is right, the play wasn’t over. Perhaps Dan Connolly over reacted to the hit because he didn’t expect to be jolted like that, assuming instead that the game was out of reach and the Broncos wouldn’t go down kicking.