Von Miller is an American footballer in the National Football League (NFL) who started his professional career as an outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos. Miller who is considered one of the best defenders in the league was selected second overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Broncos. Before then, he played college football at Texas A&M where he emerged as a four-star recruit and earned the Butkus Award as the most outstanding college linebacker in Texas. For his field performance in Super Bowl 50, after his team defeated the Carolina Panthers, the football star was named Super Bowl MVP. There’s a lot to his credit as a pro in the game and that’s what we’re here for. So join the boat let’s take a tour of his outstanding records.
Von Miller’s Early Life and Career Achievements
Vonnie B’Vsean Miller Jr. was born in Dallas, Texas on March 26, 1989, he grew up in an athletic family with his younger brother Vinsynzie “Vins”. His parents Gloria and Von Miller were athletes in high school and college before going into power supply business.
Miller became an active athlete at DeSoto High School in Texas, running tracks and playing football for the DeSoto Eagles high school football team. He competed in sports events like triple jump, Javelin throwing, and 110m hurdles but chose to focus on football where he excelled and finished as the No. 15 weakside defensive end in all of the nation in 2007. Upon graduation, he committed to Texas A&M Aggies football team (2007-2010) over four other college offers.
While attending Texas A&M University, Von Miller played as a defensive end for the school’s football team in his freshman year, as well as at weakside linebacker in his sophomore year. He played impressively in his team despite being suspended in the Spring of 2008 for poor performance during practice and skipping classes. Von played all 12 games as a sophomore, making 44 tackles, with 25 solo stops, and leading the team with 3.5 sacks.
Miller’s breakout season for the Aggies came in 2009 when he led the nation in sacks with 17 sacks; ranked fourth with 21 tackles for loss; got named first-team All-Big-12 at defensive end and the first-team All-American by sports media and magazines. He suffered a high ankle sprain early in 2010 which kept him out of the first six games but he made a come back to carry home the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker. Von not only graduated with a degree in poultry science, but he also finished with high recommendations for the NFL Draft.
NFL Career Stats and Highlights
Regarded as one of the best 3–4 outside linebackers available by experts, the Dallas native joined the 2011 NFL Draft and was named the Defensive MVP. During the NFL combine, Miller broke the linebacker record with an 11.15-seconds 60-yard shuttle, ranking 1st in the broad jump, 1st in the 60-yard shuttle, T-1st in the 3-cone drill, 2nd in the 40-yard dash, 3rd in the vertical jump and 3rd in the 20-yard shuttle.
Von Miller debuted his pro career at the Denver Broncos on September 12, 2011, after signing a deal with the franchise on July 28, 2011. He holds true as the “type of guy that comes around every 10 years,” according to Broncos’ executive vice president, John Elway. Although he played an impressive 15 game in his first season with the team, recording 11.5 sacks, 19 quarterback hits, and 29 quarterback hurries – Miller was fined three times for various reasons.
Nevertheless, he was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the New York Jets; and AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.
In all his years (2011-present) Miller broke many records and crafted a legacy for himself with the following accolades:
For 2012 season, he won AFC Defensive Player of the Month, AFC Defensive Player of the Week honor. He broke the Denver Broncos record of seventeen as 3rd in sacks with 18 1/2, Von finished the season 2nd in voting for Defensive Player of the Year and got named first-team All-Pro.
Miller was ranked 9th player in the NFL’s Top 100 Players of the 2013 season though he got 6 games suspension for cheating on a drug test. He returned to play on October 20, 2013, only to end the game prematurely after tearing his ACL on December 22 during a road victory at the Houston Texans.
The following year, 2014, after making a complete recovery from his injury, the footballer scored a total of 14 sacks, 59 tackles, and a forced fumble in 16 games. He had a good 2015 season at the Broncos becoming the third-fastest player in NFL history to reach 50 sacks career in 58 games; broke the Broncos single-game playoff record during the AFC Championship against the New England Patriots; and led his team to victory in Super Bowl 50 to grab 15th place on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.
Von Miller earned himself the exclusive franchise tag from Broncos, signing a 6-year contract worth $114.5 million on July 15, 2016, to become the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history with the highest amount of guaranteed salary – $70 million. He moved on to the next season as the highest-ranked defensive player, 2nd on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 by his fellow players.
So far, Miller has been named to six consecutive Pro Bowl defensive MVP’s with a total of 87.5 sacks, 23 forced fumbles and 409 tackles in 107 games since joining the Denver Broncos.
Salary and Net Worth
Miller ranked 33 on Forbes list of highest-paid athletes in the world since signing the multimillion deal with the Broncos. He earns a salary of $19,016,667 to rank 1st in the Broncos active roster (2017) and $10.13 million cap hit for 2018.
According to Hero Sports, Miller’s cap hit for 2019 is $25.13 million making him 10th overall in the NFL. Forbes pegged his net worth at $35.1 million as of July 16, 2018. Miller’s source of income is not only football but he’s also a poultry farmer and takes solace away from the spotlight, to tend to his chickens. This has made him stand out as a down to earth guy.
Is The NFL Star Married?
For all we know, Miller doesn’t have a wife but has a girlfriend named Megan Denise who’s a dancer and an Instagram model. They have been spotted together on several occasions and it wouldn’t be surprising if the duo ends becoming Mr. and Mrs. Miler.