In honor of Von Miller's Birthday, here is some of the Vonster's best moments as a Denver Broncos edge rusher since coming into the league.
During the 2011 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos held the second overall pick. After a nightmare season that saw the team fire Josh McDaniels, the Denver Broncos decided to use the second pick on Von Miller, an outside linebacker from Texas A&M.
The rest, to this date, has become history. Minus one season, Von Miller has proven time in and time out that he is the biggest name on the defensive side of the football. Over time, he has become the household name for the Denver Broncos defense.
As it stands right now, Von Miller is in the prime of his career. Despite all of his accolades, he still is under looked by most of the media, often saying that Khalil Mack is better than Miller.
But that is an argument for another day. There is a lot that Von Miller has done for the Denver Broncos. It is amazing at how fortunate the team was that the second overall pick in 2011 ended up doing so well.
Hopefully there will be a lot more to see from the Vonster. With that being said, I have selected five of the best moments from Von's time in Denver, to this date.
Von Miller's first NFL Sack
When you are a defensive player that is part of a front seven in the NFL, you never forget the first time you record a sack on the opposing quarterback. For Von Miller, this moment arrived during a regular season matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
In the fourth quarter, Von Miller was able to get past and bring down Andy Dalton. It would be his first of many sacks, but it certainly got the ball rolling in his career. The Denver Broncos would go on to win that game by a score of 24-22.
What was cooler about the sack was that it appeared that he saluted the home crowd. So, it seemed to be a little bit of a nostalgic feeling with the salute to the crowd.
Von Miller's helps lead comeback vs. Chargers
With their backs against the walls in last season's thriller over the Los Angeles Chargers in November, all that was needed was one big play to get the Denver Broncos back into the game. Von Miller provided that with a rare interception.
Trailing 19-7 late in the third quarter, Von Miller was able to jump a screen pass thrown by Philip Rivers and get a decent return out of it. It helped set the stage for a big time comeback as the Denver Broncos were able to get a last second Brandon McManus field goal to get the win.
For Von Miller, this play proved that he can impact a game at any point. Normally, we see it as a sack or a forced fumble. For this play, it was seen as a interception.
Von Miller becomes the all-time sack leader
While the 2018 season was one to forget once the dust settled, it ended being a record setting year for Von Miller. In his eight years in the league, he has proven time in and time out that he was a great investment for the Broncos.
On December 15th of 2018, Von Miller put himself in the record books at the top when he sacked Baker Mayfield towards the end of the third quarter against the Browns. He moved in all alone as the Denver Broncos all time leader in sacks.
We all knew Von Miller was going to break the record. The only thing that surprised me is how fast he was able to do it. Then again, when you are averaging double digit sacks a season, the number climbs up rather quickly.
Von Miller breaks Broncos Playoff Record for Sacks
While two and a half sacks may not be a lot, it sure could count in the game of football. This is especially true when it comes down to a big time game against the Patriots with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
In the final two games of the 2016 playoffs for the Denver Broncos, Von Miller really began to show how dominant he can be in a game. During the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots, Von Miller recorded 2.5 sacks and even intercepted Tom Brady.
One of my favorite calls from that game was Dave Logan's "Von Miller, a Torpedo off the right side of the Patriots offensive line." And that is exactly what Von Miller's sack on Tom Brady looked like. A torpedo going straight for the enemy ship and it exploding on contact.
It was a complete defensive effort, but his performance help lead the Denver Broncos to Super Bowl 50.
Von Miller helps lead to a third Lombardi
While the AFC Championship Game helped get the Denver Broncos to Super Bowl 50, it was Von Miller's performance on the biggest stage that will likely stick with Broncos Country for years to come.
It was a meeting of the first overall pick and the second overall pick from the 2011 NFL Draft class. Cam Newton vs. Von Miller. Their battle would determine which team would come out on top. On this day, defense prevailed.
From the first meet in the first quarter, it was proven that it would set the tone. Miller got to Cam Newton and stripped the football away from him. It would lead to a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Throughout the entire game, Von Miller would disrupt Cam Newton. The final nail in the coffin was the strip sack as the Broncos were holding on to a 16-10 lead in the fourth quarter. The fumble would lead to a Broncos touchdown that would put the game away.
For his performance, Miller would be named Super Bowl 50's most valuable player. It was the perfect ending to a spectacular season. And we all have Von Miller to thank.
Happy Birthday Von Miller! We are looking forward to you causing havoc during the 2019 season.