Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is a finalist for the Butkus award, which is awarded to the top linebacker in college and professional football.
The Denver Broncos continue boasting one of the greatest linebackers in the league in Von Miller. Miller is up for the Butkus award for his performance during the 2018 season.
Miller has been one of, if not the best linebackers in the league since coming out of Texas A&M in 2011 as the second-overall pick.
He recorded 14.5 sacks in 2018, which ranks first among all linebackers in the entire league.
He is Denver’s best defensive player and it is no surprise that he has been named as a finalist. He is not at the top of the list in tackles by a linebacker, but sacks are the stat that linebackers are primarily judged by.
Miller broke the Denver Broncos’ team record for most sacks in a career, passing Simon Fletcher. He also reached 100 sacks for his career this season, which is a tremendous accomplishment.
Throughout his career, he has had the pleasure of playing with some great players—including DeMarcus Ware, who has won the award twice during his National Football League career.
Miller won the award back in 2012—his second year in the league. 2012 was the best year of his career so far. He recorded 18.5 sacks.
He also won the award back in 2010 when he was still attending Texas A&M. In 2010, he recorded 38 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, and one interception.
Miller was named to his seventh Pro Bowl after his great 2018 season. He has been named to the all-star game in 2011, 2012, and from 2014-2018.
Congratulations are in order for Miller. It still remains to be seen whether or not he wins the award, but being nominated is still a great honor.
The other nominees are:
Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
Darius Leonard, Indianapolis Colts
Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears
Jaylon Smith, Dallas Cowboys
Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks.
May the best man win.