Denver Broncos: Von Miller Inducted Into Texas A&M HOF
The Denver Broncos franchise player is enshrined in the Texas A&M Hall of Fame, which is the first step in Von Miller’s illustrious football career.
John Elway took the reins in his first NFL executive season in 2011. He needed to make a splash. Von Miller’s name was on the card ready to turn in, becoming the first player taken by Elway. Both Miller and Marcel Dareus were under consideration for the number two overall selection. However, Elway made the decision to choose a game changing player in all phases of defense.
Miller led the NCAA in sacks with 17 during the 2009 season and 22 tackles for loss. His sack total and tackles for loss in 2009 ranked in the top five in the nation. In 2010, he led the Big 12 again in sacks (10).
Miller showed propensity to create pressure on every snap. Miller’s resume and skill set put him in elite comparison company as the 2011 NFL Draft approached. The late Derrick Thomas became a favorite of scouts to differentiate from the two.
The numbers created by Miller made him one of the NCAA’s best pass rushers in the last 20 years. 2010 earned Miller the Dick Butkus Award for the best linebacker in college football. Miller translated to the NFL quickly. His 2011 season put him on the map early.
However, due to off-the-field problems, he found himself in trouble. Injuries forced Miller to shorten his 2013 campaign. Due to a future Hall of Fame player and mentor, he returned with a vengeance.
Elvis Dumervil’s absence could explain Miller’s lapse in judgement, but Miller adapted well again with DeMarcus Ware and would not squander the opportunity. Ware changed Miller’s approach to football and life. The refocus by Ware made Miller see his Hall of Fame potential like the university of Texas A&M.
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Miller’s newfound mentality earned him a Super Bowl MVP trophy and a trip to Dancing With the Stars. The media buzz now around Miller has refused to change him.
It is quite the honor to be recognized as a Hall of Famer in any form. Texas A&M is the first door. Canton’s door will come soon enough.