For the rest of his playing career, Von Miller is aiming to be the golden standard. Literally.
On Sunday, hours after the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was enshrined, the Broncos linebacker said he’s set his own sights on Canton.
“If I’m not the greatest, I’m headed that way,” Miller told the Denver Post. “I definitely think I’m headed in that direction.”
Miller, the second overall pick in 2011, hails from a talent-laden draft class that featured the likes of Cam Newton, Patrick Peterson, A.J. Green, Julio Jones, J.J. Watt, and Richard Sherman. Some say it was the best haul in a decade. Miller has no doubt.
“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.”
There are others — namely Watt, Sherman and Peterson — who may similarly push for Hall of Fame honors, but Miller, armed with proverbial blinders, remains unfazed.
“I’ve never been a huge fan of looking around and seeing what everybody else is doing. I focus on what I can get done. I know what type of player I am and know the type of player I can be. That’s enough for me,” Miller said.
There’s no question what type of player Miller can be. In his first two seasons, he notched 11.5 and 18.5 sacks, respectively, becoming one of the league’s most feared pass-rushers. However, his much-anticipated third year turned out to be a wash thanks to a multigame suspension and torn ACL suffered last December.
Returning to action on a revamped Denver defense, Miller, 25, can focus once again on creating nightmares for opposing offenses. In order to be immortalized one day, he’ll need to wreak havoc for many more years to come.