For those seeking your daily Von Miller fix (like me) you absolutely have to check out Mike Klis’ latest for the Denver Post. It’s filled with great nuggets from Von about what went down during his suspension, why he was suspended, what he’s been up to, and how he’s doing now heading into his first week of game preparation for the 2013 season.
One very big takeaway from the article by Klis is that Miller, who came into the league a relatively light 246 pounds, has bulked up to 262 pounds. He is now going to be playing at the size of a defensive end, but he maintains he’s in fine physical condition after gaining 16 pounds of muscle.
“I still move like a wildcat,” Miller said. “I’m still quick. I’m still going to cover guys. I’m in the best shape of my life. Emotionally I’m in a very good place. Nutrition, I’ve stepped it up. Usually during the season you get away from it because everything is moving so fast.”
Despite the gain in weight, Miller has lost 2% body fat.
Miller adding weight is remarkable. As if he couldn’t be any more physically dominant even at 246 pounds, now teams will have to handle a bigger, faster, stronger version of Miller.
The Broncos and fans are counting on Miller to make huge contributions as he comes back from this suspension, where he says he’s made great strides in personal maturation.
“I feel like I have matured,” he said. “Some guys have a lifetime to mature. I think I have matured in the six weeks, eight weeks, 10-week span faster than most guys. … Still, every single day is a challenge. It’s not just the big things like traffic citations. It’s waking up with the alarm clock. It’s the constant grind with procrastination.”
Of course being in the NFL at Miller’s age, it’s not out of the question that he would still struggle with procrastination having just come out of college. If you are a college student not struggling with procrastination, you’re in the minority. However, Miller is entering his third year in the NFL and is no longer a college student. He is a pro.
This suspension seems to have done wonders for him in terms of personal development as well as physical development. The Broncos can expect the return of not just Von Miller, but a mentally healthy, fresh, and hungry Von Miller who has added bulk and put in a lot of work over the course of this long suspension.