Football players enshrined in the Hall of Fame are rewarded with a gold jacket. Broncos linebacker Von Miller wants one of those jackets for himself. On the weekend when the NFL honors the greatest men in the game's history, Miller was asked if he can envision a career that ends on the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. "If I'm not the greatest, I'm headed that way," Miller confidently said. "I definitely think I'm headed in that direction." After a rocky 2013 that saw his star power tarnished by a six-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy and his season prematurely ended by a serious injury, Miller told me Friday that he expects to do big things in the NFL from now until through his 40th birthday. "I'd like to play 20 years," said Miller, while wearing a brace on his right knee. Miller wants to be the greatest. An annual fixture at the Pro Bowl. A quarterback's worst nightmare. A defensive leader for a championship contender. The first mission for the 25-year-old linebacker, however, is to re-establish himself as the best player from the star-studded NFL draft of 2011. In addition to Miller, the rookie class of 2011 included Carolina quarterback Cam Newton (selected first), Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green (fourth), Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson (fifth), Atlanta receiver Julio Jones (sixth), Houston defensive lineman J.J. Watt (11th), St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn (14th), Miami center Mike Pouncey (15th) and far down the list, far past Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton (35th) and Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph (43rd), Seattle picked cornerback Richard Sherman (154th), who grew up to become the baddest dude on the reigning Super Bowl champions. "It was the best draft in 10 years," Miller said. "It was one of those outstanding classes of football players. You can't predict something how a guy is going to pan out in the National Football League. For so many guys to not only pan out, but playing at such a high level? It's great." When John Elway rejoined the Broncos as a front-office executive to restore lost glory to a franchise that had fallen on hard times, the first major act of his rebuilding project was to take Miller out of Texas A&M with the second overall choice of the 2011 draft.
Von Miller can see himself in Canton someday
Denver Post | Aug 3