Von Miller For NFL Defensive Player of the Year


Von Miller (58) enters the field before the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 31-23. (Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE)

MVP chants echo throughout Sports Authority Field at Mile High a lot these days. Between Peyton Manning having another record-breaking year and Von Miller living up to the hype and then some, surely a major individual award or two is going to make it through the Dove Valley doors at the end of the season.

With 4 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble (Bucs recovered), and a pick-6 in the Denver Broncos’ 31-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday was just another day in the life of Miller.

He’s got two good hands this year, plenty of gas in the tank, and an unrelenting desire to be the best linebacker in the game. He’s the one offensive coordinators prepare for in depth, even having nightmares about, yet they still can’t find a way to stop or even slow him.

Miller has 15 sacks, 43 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, 24 tackles for a loss, and a pick-6 thus far in 2012. He’s doing it all over the field, and when the going gets tough, it’s Miller making a momentum changing play for an already well-rounded Broncos team.

Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers is also another candidate for the defensive player of the year award with 17.5 sacks on the year, but it’s Miller who’s the more well-rounded player.

Any guy that wears thick-rimmed glasses off the field and a Superman cape on the field gets my vote.

For those of you that missed it, I had the chance to talk to Miller one-on-one last week. I asked readers to submit their questions, and asked Miller to provide the answers. Go here to read it.

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