Linebacker Von Miller has been one of the best defenders in the league since his arrival to the NFL. Now he appears to be developing into a leader.
Mike Klis of 9news.com reports Miller has been setting an example at Denver’s training camp this year.
“Last year, (Miller) was often the last player out for camp practice…This year, the quarterbacks always come out first. Then the returners. Then, without fail, Miller is the first of the rest to hit the field.”
It is clear that something changed for Miller, and he credits the leadership of Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow as examples to follow:
“I think Peyton Manning had an influence on us all…It’s the legacy aspect of it,” Miller said. “Whenever you’re gone, whenever it’s all said and done, what are they going to say about you?…Peyton, DeMarcus (Ware), Brian Dawkins, Tim Tebow, all those guys set a great example for me to go out here and just put my own spin on it and be Von.”
Miller certainly has the performance and capability that people look for in a leader. The former Texas A&M defender has 73.5 sacks and 20 forced fumbles in six NFL seasons. Now he is developing into a leader for one of the NFL’s best defensive units.