Veteran football player Von Miller is an outside linebacker for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. Von Miller, a linebacker selected by the Denver Broncos in the 2011 NFL Draft, has developed into one of the league's top players. The 2021 season saw the Super Bowl 50 MVP traded to the Los Angeles Rams, where he went on to win the second Super Bowl (LVI) of his career. He signed a hefty six-year, $120 million contract with the Buffalo Bills in March 2022 after spending just one season with the Rams. He has 110.5 career sacks as of 2022, the most in Denver Broncos history and the most of any active player in the NFL.
Von Miller’s Early Life and Background
Von Miller was born on March 26, 1989 in Dallas, Texas. He ran track and played high school football for the DeSoto Eagles at DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas. He had 37 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, and 12 quarterback hurries in his junior season. He had 76 tackles as a senior, including 14 tackles for loss and 6 sacks, earning him the title of Defensive MVP for District 8-5A. Miller participated in track and field events including the 110-meter hurdles (personal record of 14.38 seconds), triple leap (12.65 meters), and javelin throw (PR of 37.24 m). He was rated as a four-star prospect by NFL scouts. Miller was ranked as the nation's No. 15 weakside defensive end in 2007. Over offers from Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Texas, he picked Texas A&M.
Von Miller NFL Draft
Von Miller was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was overall pick number 2 in the Draft. Von Miller was regarded as one of the best rookies in the 2011 NFL Draft. Miller was compared to greats like Derrick Thomas, Joey Porter and DeMarcus Ware.
Von Miller’s NFL Journey
Von Miller had a fantastic rookie season after he was drafted by the Denver Broncos. He advanced to the Divisional Round against the New England Patriots in his rookie season and even won AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his Week 11 effort against the New York Jets. He was chosen for the Pro Bowl and given the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
In addition to being named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November 2012, Miller also advanced once more to the Divisional Round. He was also selected for his first All-Pro game and his second Pro Bowl.
Miller made a comeback in late October after serving a six-game ban for attempting to fudge a drug test at the start of the 2013 campaign. The Broncos advanced to Super Bowl XLVIII, where they were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks. However, his season was cut short due to an ACL tear. Miller recorded his 50th sack the following year, making him the third-fastest player in NFL history to accomplish that feat. The Denver Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional Round, then they defeated the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship. The Broncos beat the strongly fancied Carolina Panthers to go to Super Bowl 50, and Miller was given the MVP award.
The Broncos gave Miller the exclusive franchise tag on March 1st, 2016.
On July 15, Miller agreed to a six-year, $114.5 million contract with the Broncos, including a $70 million guarantee. With the biggest guaranteed pay in NFL history, he became the best-paid defensive player in the NFL ever. Miller finished the 2016 regular season with 13.5 sacks and 24 quarterback hits.
Miller was chosen for his sixth Pro Bowl on December 19, 2017. Miller was awarded the defensive MVP of the 2018 Pro Bowl. He had at least 10 sacks for at least the fourth straight season in 2017 (four seasons in a row). Miller became the fifth-fastest player in NFL history to reach 100 career sacks during the 2018 campaign (including postseason sacks).
He was also chosen for the 2019 Pro Bowl, which was his eighth career and fifth straight, as a starting outside linebacker. The Broncos used the 2021 year option in Miller's contract in March 2021. His $17.5 million basic pay was guaranteed for 2021 under the terms of his contract, which is now in its last year.
On November 1st, 2021 he was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Los Angeles Rams. Miller contributed to the Rams' 23-20 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.
Miller had two sacks in the contest. He is now only the second player in Super Bowl history to have multiple games with multiple sacks thanks to his multi-sack effort. The other is the New York Giants Justin Tuck. Despite participating in three fewer Super Bowls than Charles Haley, he still equaled Haley's record of 4.5 career Super Bowl sacks. Von Miller agreed to a six-year contract with the Buffalo Bills in March 2022.
Von Miller’s Teams
Denver Broncos (2011-2021)
Von Miller started his NFL career with the Broncos wearing the No. 58 jersey (as a tribute to Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas). By the end of his stellar rookie season Miller was selected for the 2012 Pro Bowl and named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. He totaled 11.5 sacks, 19 quarterback hits, and 29 quarterback hurries in 907 snaps. Three times throughout the season, he received fines. On the list of the NFL's top 100 players in 2012, his fellow players placed him 52nd. Miller had another strong season in 2012, receiving AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for November and again making it to the Divisional Round. He also earned his second Pro Bowl selection and his first All-Pro selection.
Miller was suspended from four games in the 2013 NFL season for violating league policy. He had apparently tried to cheat a drug test. Miller also suffered an ACL injury in the 2013 NFL season, He only returned from the injury in the 2014 season. Miller had great seasons consecutively and even ended up being named the 2nd best player in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017, ranked as the best defensive player in the league. Miller ended his long tenure with the Broncos in 2021 after they had initially exercised an extension on his contract. Miller was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a second and third-round draft pick in the 2022 NFL Draft on November 1, 2021.
Los Angeles Rams (2021)
In November 2021, Miller was traded to the Los Angeles Rams. He made his debut against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10, recording three tackles. Miller had five tackles and two sacks in the Rams' victory over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17, which was his finest performance with the team. Miller helped the Rams upset the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in Super Bowl LVI, giving them their second Super Bowl victory (and him winning his second Super Bowl).
Buffalo Bills (2022-Present)
Miller agreed to a six-year, $120 million contract with the Buffalo Bills on March 16, 2022.
He made his club debut with two sacks, two quarterback hits, and three tackles for loss in the NFL Kickoff Game triumph over his previous team, the Los Angeles Rams, by the Buffalo Bills, 31-10. Miller left a Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions because of what seemed to be a knee injury. It was revealed the next day that Miller will be out for a minimum of 2-4 weeks. On December 1st, 2022, he was placed on injured reserve. Miller would have to miss the rest of the season after having his ACL torn (which was discovered during an exploratory surgery on his knee).
Von Miller Awards and Honors
2× Super Bowl champion (50, LVI)
Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams
Super Bowl MVP
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
3× First-team All-Pro
2012, 2015, 2016
4× Second-team All-Pro
2011, 2014, 2017, 2018
8× Pro Bowl
2011, 2012, 2014–2019
Butkus Award (pro)
NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
PFWA All-Rookie Team
Butkus Award (college)
Jack Lambert Trophy
2× First-team All-American
2× First-team All-Big 12
Von Miller Records
Most sacks in the Super Bowl – 4.5 (50, LVI) (tied with Charles Haley)
Broncos franchise records
Career (110.5 sacks)
Single season (18.5 in 2012)
Playoff career (6.5)
Single playoff season (5 in 2015)
Single playoff game (2.5 on both January 24, 2016, against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship and February 7, 2016, against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50)
Von Miller's Super Bowl wins
Von Miller has won two Super Bowls in his career. He won the Super Bowl for the first time with the Denver Broncos in 2016 during Super Bowl 50. The Broncos defeated the heavily favored Carolina Panthers, and Von Miller was also named the Super Bowl MVP. He won his second Super Bowl in 2022 when the Los Angeles Rams won Super Bowl LVI against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Von Miller's Net Worth
Von Miller has an estimated net worth of around $60 million. He was one of the highest paid defensive players in the NFL at one point in time. During his NFL career, Von Miller earned $144 million in salary alone. He has earned a couple of million more from a variety of endorsement deals.
Von Miller Contract
Von Miller is currently signed to a 6 year deal with the Buffalo Bills worth $120 million, Von Miller’s current contract with the Bills is paying him $20 million a year on average. He is also guaranteed around $51.4 million from his contract under any conditions. If he fulfills the entire contact, Von Miller will get paid approximately $120 million in total.
Miller was raised in DeSoto, a Dallas suburb, and was born in Dallas, Texas, to parents Von and Gloria Miller. His parents own a power supply company; they were both athletes in high school and college. Von Miller also has a younger brother Vinsynzie "Vins", who owns his own farm where he raises hens after majoring in poultry science at Texas A&M.
Von Miller also has a son who was born on August 16, 2022. His son is called Valor Von Miller and was born to Miller’s ex-girlfriend Megan Denise. She and Von Miller are not on good terms.
The average price of a Von Miller rookie card is approximately $4.25. The most expensive Von Miller rookie card has been sold on EBay for $999.
2. What did Megan Denise say about Von Miller?
In 2022, Megan Denise exposed Von Miller for being an absentee parent and for physically assaulting her after their split. According to the conversations she made public between the two, Von Miller wished for her to have an abortion and even prayed for an abortion. According to Denise, she was sick of shielding Von and wished all the world to be aware of the abuse he subjected her to. Their son Valor Von Miller is presently being raised solely by Megan Denise.
3. How many NFL teams have Von Miller played for?
Von Miller has played for three NFL teams to date. He started his career after being drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2011 and played for them till 2021. He signed with the L.A. Rams in 2021 and in 2022 he signed a deal with the Buffalo Bills.
4. How many Super Bowls has Von Miller played in?
Millers has played in two Super Bowls to date, He played his first Super Bowl (Super Bowl 50) in 2016 and won with the Broncos. He played and won his second Super Bowl in 2022 while playing for the Rams.
5. How many Pro Bowl honors does Von Miller have?
Von Miller has been honored with the Pro Bowl 8 times in his career, till now.