Broncos’ rookie LB Miller in rush to succeed |

Broncos’ rookie LB Miller in rush to succeed

Lindsay H. Jones
The Denver Post
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Gloria Miller sat in the shade of a tent off the north end of the Broncos’ practice field, waiting for her son to finish practice. Other players were coming by to see their families or heading to the locker room, but her boy, Von, wasn’t among them.

Gloria looked around the field until she spotted Von, the Broncos’ rookie linebacker, running 40-yard sprints by himself. A protective mother, Gloria’s first thought was that her son was being punished, either by the coaching staff or by the veterans.

Veteran Joe Mays told her that he wasn’t sure why, but Miller had just chosen to run on his own.

“I thought it was some secret society of the cookie monster, you know, where they can’t say anything. I thought he was being hazed or something,” Gloria Miller said. “But no, he really was just doing it on his own.”

Miller understands the pressure he’s under as the No. 2 pick in the draft – the highest selection in team history. He knows the Broncos were the worst defense in the league last year, with the fewest sacks and fewest forced turnovers, and he’s determined to be part of an immediate solution.

“I knew that my job was a vital part of my college team, and it’s the same here – my job is a vital part of the defense,” Miller said.

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