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2. Von Miller

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2. Von Miller

Von Miller played the first nine seasons-and-a-half in the NFL (all with Denver), and he has been named to the Pro Bowl in seven of them.  It gets even more impressive as he was named an All-Pro (three First Team and four Second Team) in all seven of those Pro Bowl years.

Selected second overall in the 2011 Draft, John Elway, who was a high-ranking executive for the Broncos stated that Miller was once in ten years type of player and that is precisely what he became.  Miller was the Defensive Rookie of the Year, which was followed up by an 18.5 Sack season and the first of his First Team All-Pro nods.  2013 was the only year he did not make a Pro Bowl, but he missed part of the season due to suspension and later a torn ACL, but back he came becoming the fastest player to reach 50 Quarterback Sacks, and he took the Broncos to win Super Bowl XXVIII where it was the Denver defense that would secure the win.  Miller was named the Super Bowl MVP with a six tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a two forced fumbles.

Since that time, Miller remained an elite level on Linebacker and amassed 110.5 Sacks, 142 Tackles for Loss, and 225 Quarterback Hits as a Bronco.  His time in Denver came to a surprising end when he was dealt to the Rams, aiding them in their run to a Super Bowl victory.  

With all due respect to the many talented men who suited up on a Denver defense, we feel comfortable anointing Mille, a two-time runner-up for the DPOY, as the greatest defensive player in franchise history.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 2nd Overall in the NFL Draft 4/28/11.
  • Games Played: 142
  • Notable Statistics:

    142 Games Started
    2 Interceptions
    68 Interception Return Yards
    1 Interception Return Touchdown
    25 Forced Fumbles
    9 Fumble Recoveries
    65 Fumble Recovery Yards
    1 Fumble Recovery Touchdown
    110.5 Quarterback Sacks
    490 Combined Tackles
    380 Solo Tackles
    119 Assisted Tackles
    142 Tackles for Loss
    225 Quarterback Hits
    120 Approximate Value

    7 Playoff Games
    1 Interception
    4 Interception Return Yards
    2 Forced Fumbles
    6.5 Quarterback Sacks
    31 Combined Tackles
    26 Solo Tackles
    5 Assisted Tackles
    6 Tackles for Loss
    12 Quarterback Hits

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (50)
    First Team All-Pro (2012, 2015 & 2016)
    Second Team All-Pro 2011, 2014, 2017 & 2018)
    Pro Bowl (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018)
    AP Defensive Rookie of the Year (2011)
    All-Rookie (2011)

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