Von Miller ranks 3rd in the NFL in sacks with 14 on the season. Not only is he taking quarterbacks down, but he’s playing so well that his name is constantly coming up in defensive player of the year discussions.
We here at PO wanted to give you the chance to ask Miller some personal questions. I chose some of my favorite fan questions and caught up with Miller during his appearance at a Denver area Fedex location where he was meeting with fans and promoting the company’s Blitz for Tickets program. As part of his appearance, fans were able to enter a drawing in which free tickets were given away for this week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With that said, here are Miller’s answers to some of your questions.
Predominantly Orange: What team did you root for growing up?
Von Miller: I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas so I was a big time Dallas Cowboys fan. I’m still a Cowboys fan now until we play them. Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith. All those guys were my guys growing up.
PO: What made you decide to go to Texas A&M for school?
VM: I just liked the whole atmosphere and the vibe. The whole ‘Aggies stick together, once an Aggie, always an Aggie.’ It’s one of the best atmospheres in college football. I just really wanted to be a part of that.
PO: If you were a general manager in the year that you were drafted, which player would you select between yourself, Aldon Smith, or J.J. Watt?
VM: I mean that’s a tough decision. Those guys are extremely talented. All of them did well in college. All those guys are very capable guys. I’m not a general manager, but I’m happy to be a Denver Bronco right now.
PO: What advice would you give a rookie coming into the league next year to help him achieve some level of success that you’ve seen so early in your career?
VM: Just take it one day at a time. The season is so long compared to college, so taking it one day at a time has helped me adjust. That would be my opinion on it, and that’s what has worked for me.
PO: Do you practice the sack dances that you’re going to do?
VM: Yeah, I practice them in the locker room before the game. My teammates egg me on and motivate me to go out there and make a fool of myself.
PO: Would you ever consider hiring a choreographer?
VM: I did have a choreographer earlier in the season. After my first two games, I partnered up with Hip Hop Dance Experience, the video game. They flew out some choreographers and we came up with a sack dance, the sack dance that I have now. Every time I do it, Ubisoft donates $1,000 to my foundation, which is Von’s Vision, which gives free contacts, free eye exams, lasik surgery to young adults, and then free glasses.
PO: Of all the players that you play against in the NFL, who do you respect the most and why?
VM: All the veterans in the league. All the guys that are 9+ years in the league. It’s extremely hard to play at this level of football, and play for a very long time. I’ve got a lot of respect for the veterans that have been doing it year in and year out for a long time.
Thanks to Von for taking the time out to talk with PO after a busy signing period.