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Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is near the top of his game, and he credits changing his diet for his sustained success.

Miller tore his ACL during the 2013 season and missed his team’s appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII as a result. The Broncos superstar told The Ringer’s Joe House that the injury motivated him to alter his approach.

“My eureka moment was when I got into the National Football League, my first three years I was eating just like I was in college,” Miller said. “And I was like, ‘Hey, I’m still getting the same kind of success. If I’m playing great on the football field, if I’m still playing on a high level, then why change anything?’ And I had an injury. I had torn my ACL, and whenever you have an injury like that you just sit back and all you can do is think. So I was reprogramming my whole entire life. … And I was like, for me to get ahead and for me to take my game to the next level, I need to get a chef.”

Though Miller initially only had his chef work three days a week, once he noticed he was feeling a lot better, he decided to hire a chef full-time.

“And my body started to change, I started to think (more clearly),” Miller said. “And, boom, here we are today.”

Miller chose Los Angeles as his favorite food city in the NFL, giving a particular shoutout to Erewhon, a natural foods company based out of the city.

“I like L.A. I like Erewhon in L.A. Erewhon is like a farmer’s market, and everything that you cook there is healthy. … You can only be as good as your choices and the environment you’re in, and L.A. has the environment for everybody when it comes to nutritious food,” Miller said.

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Von Miller knows there are far more important things in life than what happens on the football field.

In reference to the apparent revelation that Tom Brady had a concussion last season, the Denver Broncos superstar was asked if he’d self-report a concussion by Dominic Bonvissuto of The MMQB.

Miller gave an affirmative, citing the importance of health and the seriousness of concussions.

“I just play football, it’s not life or death out here,” Miller said. “At the end of the day, I’m just a grown man playing a child’s game. Health is the most important thing. If I get a broken fingernail, I’m coming off the field. If it’s something serious like a concussion, I’m definitely going to go and get it checked out.”

Understanding that no head injury is worth the risk of putting yourself in danger, there are likely countless players who share Miller’s thoughts on reporting concussions.

One of the many challenges the NFL faces in combating the ongoing epidemic, though, is that so many others either don’t want to come off the field or believe they can’t afford to miss time.

Perhaps Miller and other players of his stature speaking out can be a step in the right direction as the league continues to address this all-important issue.

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Philip Rivers has the highest level of respect for Von Miller.

The Los Angeles Chargers quarterback has been competing in the same division as Miller for six seasons now, and he’s seen enough to know the Denver Broncos linebacker can do it all.

“I think what makes him unique, too, is he’s not just a speed guy,” Rivers told NFL Network for their Top 100 show. “Against us over the years, I’ve grown to respect his every-down ability.

“He’s not a pass-rusher. He is a football player. He stops the run, he plays hard every snap. He can wreck the game with his pass rush. And he’ll go down one day as one of the best defensive players to play.”

The Super Bowl 50 MVP has been heralded for his pass-rushing abilities, but Rivers feels like Miller’s all-around talent sets him apart, despite being sacked by the Bronco more than any other quarterback in the NFL.

“He really can ruin a game because of his ability to sack-fumble,” said Rivers, a 13-year veteran. “He plays the run very well. We’ve had some words in the past, and he’s gotten some good shots on me in the past, but he’s one of those guys you respect and a guy you’d love if he’s on your side.

“You love going against the best and he definitely is that.”


The Super Bowl MVP isn’t going anywhere.
Von Miller and the Denver Broncos agreed to a six-year contract extension just hours ahead of Friday’s negotiation deadline, the team announced.
Official terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports Miller’s new deal is worth $114.5 million and includes $70 million in total guarantees, a new record for non-quarterbacks.
Miller also receives a $23-million signing bonus and $42 million fully guaranteed at the time of signing, notes Rapoport.
The most important piece of Denver’s league-best defense is finally now back in the fold, and the team will head into training camp later this month having avoided the potential distraction of a lengthy holdout.
Miller enters his sixth season coming off a 2015 campaign in which he racked up a double-digit sack total for the fourth time in his career. Maintaining the consistent level of regular-season production already had him in line for a megadeal, but his playoff performances virtually guaranteed that a record-breaking payday was on the horizon.
First, Miller took matters into his own hands in an AFC Championship Game win over the New England Patriots. Not only did he tally 2.5 sacks of Tom Brady, but his interception later converted into a touchdown would prove to be the difference in a low-scoring affair.
The Carolina Panthers were also helpless in attempting to slow him down on football’s biggest stage, as Miller’s MVP performance included 2.5 sacks and two crucial forced fumbles.
Miller now owns 6.5 sacks in seven career playoff contests to go with the 60 quarterback takedowns across 72 regular-season games.


There has been little doubt that the Denver Broncos are intent on keeping star linebacker Von Miller for the foreseeable future, but with contract extension talks failing to produce a long-term deal, questions began to surface about whether their relationship was beyond repair.
General manager John Elway has apparently taken action to rectify this, reaching out to Miller over the Fourth of July weekend to let the Super Bowl 50 MVP know how much the franchise values him, and that they still want to re-sign him, league sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Elway told Miller the Broncos will attempt to jump-start negotiations with his representation this week, notes Schefter.
The Broncos and Miller’s reps are believed to have tentatively reopened negotiations, although no new contract terms have been discussed to improve the six-year, $114.5-million offer already rejected by the 27-year-old.
The two parties have until July 15 to come to terms on a contract extension. If they don’t, Miller would only be able to play under the franchise tag – an option he’s said he’s definitely unwilling to take.

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Unless the Denver Broncos and star linebacker Von Miller agree to a contract extension before the July 15 deadline, the Super Bowl 50 MVP will play in 2016 under the franchise tag or be forced to sit out the entire season.

Despite the deadline looming, Miller said Wednesday at his charity football camp that all he can do is wait and hope.

“I just think, where we’re at right now, everything has been said. Everything is already in the books right now,” Miller told USA Today’s Lindsay Jones. “It’s just a time for waiting right now. I want all the focus to be on the kids today.”

Like most high-profile contract standoffs, the Broncos and Miller have fought in the court of public opinion. Denver’s six-year, $114.5-million contract offer that Miller reportedly turned down was leaked in early June, with the All-Pro appearing to respond by stating there was “no chance” he’d play under the tag this upcoming campaign.

The issue holding up the deal is reportedly the structure of the contract, with Miller looking for guaranteed money in the first three years of the extension. The Broncos are believed to only be offering guaranteed money in the first two years.

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Even before Von Miller declared Thursday there’s no chance he’d play the 2016 season under the franchise tag, the reigning Super Bowl MVP was feeling burdened by the backlash to his ongoing contract negotiations with the Denver Broncos.

Miller is hoping to receive a contract that’d make him the highest-paid linebacker in football. The Broncos placed the franchise tag on Miller, and he refused to sign the tender. Both parties have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal. Otherwise, Miller will play under the stipulations of the tag.

Last week, the Broncos reportedly offered Miller a six-year, $114 million contract that he rejected. Miller said Monday that the negotiations – and the fan feedback – have been difficult for him.

“It just hurts, I’m not even going to lie. It’s a business but at the end of the day, I got feelings, too,” Miller told Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated. “I know some fans don’t know that some of the reports aren’t even true. When I get on Instagram, no matter what I post, there’s going to be 400 comments. Guys bashing me. ‘Take the deal. You greedy bastard. I thought you wanted to be a Bronco for life?’ And it kind of weighs on you after a while.”

Miller said he wants the Broncos to treat him the way Texas A&M did during his recruitment, comparing his alma mater’s attentions to a loyal girlfriend.

“You know you got that girlfriend that’s really not like that attractive but she’s like really good for you, and she’s going to do everything she can to keep you?” Miller said. “Instead of that really, really hot chick that just talks to you on Mondays. It was like that, above and beyond. That’s the same type of feeling I’m looking for from the Broncos.”