Von Miller makes no bones about it — the late Derrick Thomas was his “favorite football athlete of all time.”
And it all started with an interview.
“He said that he looked at playing defensive end as being like a running back, and the offensive linemen were trying to block him from getting to the quarterback,” Miller recalled. “That’s how I look at it. I always thought I was an offensive guy at heart, and I look at it like the offense is trying to stop me from getting to the quarterback. That interview was really what made me fall in love with Derrick Thomas the football player.”
Now Miller wears No. 58, just like the former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker.