Von Miller sat down at a table Wednesday afternoon during the media BBQ wearing a Butkus hat. Miller won the Butkus Award in 2010 for being the best linebacker in college football, and he continued on the path of success by being named the defensive rookie of the year last season.
The key for Miller in the off season, however, was figuring out how to let his body rest all while getting stronger to make his second year in the league even more successful.
That’s why he hung out with Super Bowl winning linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants. Pierre-Paul was 4th in the league in sacks last year with 16.5. You know he’s doing something right during his off seasons.
Forget lifting heavy weights, Pierre-Paul and Miller got into plenty of downward dog poses during the summer months.
“I did a lot of yoga type stuff,” Miller said. “I was down in Miami with Jason Pierre-Paul. That was the advice that he gave me. He said that it was a long season so that’s really all I did. I didn’t do a lot of weight training, I just did yoga with him and hopefully I can have the type of season that he had last year.”
Miller also spent some time with DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys who had 19.5 sacks last season. When you surround yourself with success, it makes it easier for it to rub off on you.
“I just try to be around those guys,” Miller said. “I watch them just like they watch me…When you’re around those guys, stuff just comes out. You don’t have to force that or ask them ‘What do you do in this situation?’ It just happens.”
Miller had 11.5 sacks last season, and he knows that the pressure is on for him to produce even more.
“I think I’m my biggest critic,” Miller said. “I’m going to try to do a lot better than what I did last year. Hopefully I can cut down on all the mental errors that I had last year.”