Two Broncos outside linebackers represent the team on a pair of lists released this week. Weakside linebacker Wesley Woodyard was named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team and strongside linebacker Von Miller earned a spot on NFL.com’s All-Under-25 Team.
Woodyard led the Broncos with 114 tackles and tied for the team lead with three interceptions in 2012. He earned his first AFC Defensive Player of the Week award following his performance against New Orleans in which he became just the ninth player since 1982 to record at least 10 tackles, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble in the same game.
Also in 2012, Woodyard became the first Broncos linebacker since Al Wilson in 2004 to record multiple interceptions in a season and joined Hall-of-Fame running back Floyd Little as the only players in team history to serve as a captain in their first five seasons with the club.
“You won’t find many NFL linebackers who are 6 feet tall and 229 pounds,” USA Today wrote about the five-year veteran. “Other than Woodyard, you won’t find anyone in the last five seasons who managed to make 100 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions in one season.”
Miller earned his selection after setting the Broncos’ single-season sacks record with 18.5 quarterback takedowns in 2012. He became the first Bronco to earn Pro Bowl selections in each of his first two NFL seasons and was named an Associated Press All-Pro after finishing in the top five in sacks, quarterback knockdowns, quarterback hurries, tackles for a loss, run stuffs and forced fumbles in the league during his second NFL season.
The 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year tallied 24.5 sacks in his first 25 career games, which ranked second in NFL history behind Derrick Thomas (25.0) in a player’s first first 25 career games.
“In two NFL seasons, Miller has 30 sacks,” NFL.com wrote about the 23-year old linebacker. “He’s an athletic mismatch for anyone trying to stop him in pass protection, and he’s no slouch against the run. Every team is looking for the next Miller.”