Every young lad in America who has a passion and talent for playing football does not only want to end up in the National Football League but also want to imprint their names on the sands of time, playing the sport they love most. For this to happen, it is paramount that a player plays in the position that best allows his strength to be seen like the quarterback, tight end, fullback, or the centre players. There are also the wide receivers and among them is Anthony Miller who got into the league after being selected by the Chicago Bears in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Who is Anthony Miller and How Old is He?
Born on October 9, 1994, in Memphis, Tennessee, Anthony Miller is a product of Christian Brothers High School, where he not only excelled at football under coach Kevin Locastro but was also a two-time regional 110-meter hurdle champion and a runner-up in the Division II Class AA long jump.
After his high school, Anthony received no scholarship offers from college football programs so he got into the University of Memphis and joined its football team (the Tigers) as a walk-on in 2013. He spent his freshman year redshirted and later in the same year, he led the team in offense, earning the Tiger’s Scout Player Award. In 2014, he was redshirted again as a result of an injury he sustained during the preseason.
Finally, in 2015, he was able to get on the field for the Tigers. He played a total of 12 games, made 4 starts, and recorded 47 receptions for 694 yards with 5 receiving touchdowns and 2 rushing touchdowns. In 2016, Anthony Miller started all 13 games played in the season and set a record in the school with 95 receptions for 1,434 yards and 14 touchdowns. With this record, he became the second player in the history of the school to make over 1,000 receiving yards in a season behind Isaac Bruce in 1992.
During his three seasons at Memphis, Miller made 238 receptions for 3,590 yards and 37 touchdowns.
The strong player ended his college career in 2017 with a multitude of records including Duke Calhoun’s records for career receptions and receiving yards, Carlos Singleton’s record for career receiving and his own record for single-season receiving touchdowns and shared the record for single-game receiving touchdowns.
He was named to the All-American Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team in 2017 and also named Memphis Sports Person of the Year as well as NCAA Consensus All-American. Miller’s excellent performance also earned him second-team honoree by Sports Illustrated and FWAA and he was also voted first team All-American honoree by Associated Press and AFCA.
Details of His NFL Career
In 2018, Anthony Miller was selected with the 51st pick in the second round of the National Football League (NFL) draft by the Chicago Bears. He made his professional debut in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers, recording 2 receptions for 14 yards. In the subsequent game which ended in a 24–17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Anthony Miller made his first professional touchdown reception.
On September 23, 2018, he suffered a dislocation on his shoulder and as a result, left the game early but before then, he had caught 4 passes for 35 yards against the Arizona Cardinals. Playing against the Miami Dolphins in week 6 of the 2018 season, Anthony made his second touchdown of the season, catching one pass for 29 yards.
In week 6 against the Miami Dolphins, Miller caught one pass for 29 yards and a touchdown. This was his second touchdown of the season.
Being an ultra-competitive and highly productive athlete, Anthony Miller is considered to be one of the future superstars of the NFL.
Speaking in a “Meet the Rookies” video released by the team this offseason, he set very high bars for himself in his NFL career. According to the wideout who hopes to be a lifelong Bear, he would want to be remembered as one of the best receivers to ever play the game at the end of his career. He expressed confidence that he will achieve this with his high level of work ethics, talent and a teachable spirit.
Anthony Miller is the son of African-American parents, Andrea and Tony Miller. He was raised in his birthplace alongside his sister Alainee Miller and drew the inspiration to build a career in football from his father who played college football for the Memphis Tigers and also acts as his coach.
Anthony Miller is not really as tall as most footballers are known to be but he has succeeded in proving that being good at the sport is not all about a players height. He is 5 feet 9 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighs 190 pounds (86 kg) with an arm length of 31 5/8 inches, hand size of 10 5/8 inches, and a wingspan of 75.5.