Denver Broncos move rusher Von Miller has already made a reputation for himself throughout his profession. He turned the group’s chief in profession sacks in 2018 when he sacked Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield throughout their December matchup.
Miller has recorded 10 or extra sacks in seven of his 9 seasons (2020 doesn’t depend as he missed the yr with a leg damage). He was the Tremendous Bowl 50 MVP after recording six tackles, 2.5 sacks on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, and strip-sacking Newton in an historic play.
Regardless of these phenomenal achievements, Miller continues to be hungry.
“I take into consideration the Ring of Fame, I take into consideration all that stuff, however I’m nonetheless caught right here within the current,” Miller mentioned Wednesday. “I believe everyone — everytime you come into the league — you wish to go into the Corridor of Fame, you wish to be within the Ring of Fame, you wish to be the most effective gamers in your franchise. However on the similar time, I’m nonetheless caught within the second.”
“There’s a lot to be carried out proper now,” Miller mentioned. “There’s a lot to be carried out with our group, so many video games to win, earlier than I can actually begin eager about the Ring of Fame. I don’t need these years with Peyton to be the spotlight of my profession. I believe we’ve obtained some particular stuff brewing, I believe we’ve obtained some particular video games coming. Me personally, I believe I’ve obtained extra to show and extra to offer to Broncos Nation. I give it some thought. I can’t lie and say I don’t take into consideration going into the Ring of Fame and Corridor of Fame and all that stuff, however I’ve nonetheless obtained much more to do right here, and that’s the place my thoughts is.”
— Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller
He has but to steer the league in sacks in a single season regardless of his career-high 18.5 in 2012 (then-Texans defensive finish J.J. Watt had 20.5 that yr).
Certainly primary on Miller’s listing of achievements is to win his second Tremendous Bowl. The Broncos might want to determine a few issues out within the remaining stretch of Miller’s great profession—primarily the quarterback place. With out that being resolved, his quest for one more Tremendous Bowl win doesn’t seem like on the horizon.
Miller is 94 sacks away from tying Corridor of Famer Bruce Smith for the all-time report of 200 profession sacks. At age 31, Miller averages 11.7 sacks per yr. If he retains up that fee, it should nonetheless be tough to succeed in 200 sacks.
It’s very unlucky that Miller missed all of final season and many of the 2013 season. In any other case he in all probability would have been loads nearer.
Total, right here’s an inventory of Miller’s achievements:
Tremendous Bowl 50 winner
Tremendous Bowl 50 Most Beneficial Participant
NFL Defensive Rookie of the 12 months (2011)
3× First-team All-Professional (2012, 2015, 2016)
4× Second-team All-Professional (2011, 2014, 2017, 2018)
8× Professional Bowl (2011, 2012, 2014–2019)
Butkus Award (professional) (2012)
Unanimous NFL 2010s All-Decade Group
Butkus Award (faculty) (2010)
100 Sacks Membership
Miller’s possibilities of turning into the NFL’s league MVP will not be nice, sadly. The final time a non-quarterback gained the award was again in 2012 when then-Vikings operating again Adrian Peterson took it residence.
The very fact of the matter is, it’s an offensive league.
In 2018, Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald led the league with 20.5 sacks. That yr, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes gained MVP. In 2014, then-Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston led the league with 22 sacks. That yr, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers gained MVP.
It’s simply an unlucky scenario the place nice gamers who’ve the potential to interrupt information simply gained’t get the complete recognition they deserve as a result of it’s a quarterback league.
Miller has 490 profession tackles. The NFL’s all-time chief in tackles is 1,568, by Baltimore Ravens Corridor of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis.
There isn’t a doubt that Miller goes to hitch former teammate Peyton Manning on the group’s Ring of Fame in the future after he retires. Manning was just inducted into the Ring of Fame on Wednesday.
Miller has a methods to go to smell that top on the all-time sack leaderboards. We’ll see what he can do within the remaining years of his profession.