NEW YORK --- Texas A&M All-American linebacker Von Miller was selected second overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos on Thursday
Miller’s selection put him with an elite group of Aggies that were also the No 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft, which is the highest that a Texas A&M player has been selected Miller joins Quentin Coryatt (Indianapolis Colts, 1992), John David Crow (1958, St. Louis Cardinals) and John Kimbrough (1941, Chicago Cardinals) as second-overall selections from Texas A&M
“This is a dream come true,” Miller said “Having my name called for the NFL draft, shaking the commissioner's hand I feel very blessed and I am thankful to everyone that has helped me get to this day It was great having my family here, Coach Mike Sherman and guys who have been with me since I started playing football I am anxious to get started Guys that know me know I am ready to get to the locker room, get with my teammates, get with my coaches and just keep working to get better ”
Miller also becomes the Aggies’ first first-round pick since Ty Warren and Sammy Davis were both taken in the 2003 Draft’s first round Warren was selected No 13 overall by the New England Patriots, while Davis went No 30 to the San Diego Chargers Miller is the 29th Aggies selected in the first round, and the 14th Aggie to go in the top 10 Texas A&M has now produced at least one selection in 26-of-27 possible NFL drafts since 1975.
ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr said of Von - "Von Miller is a special player. If you looked at who the consensus No. 1 player was in this draft, Von Miller was that guy."
After leading the nation with 17 quarterback sacks as a junior in 2009, Miller made the decision to return to Texas A&M for his senior campaign It was an excellent decision for Miller and the Aggies as the defensive playmaker helped bring the “Wrecking Crew” back to Texas A&M Miller led the Big 12 with 10 5 quarterback sacks despite having a slow start due to an early season ankle sprain After not logging any sacks in the first four games of the season, Miller posted all 10 5 sacks in the final eight games of 2010, including at least one in the final six games of the season
He finished the year with 68 total tackles, including 38 solo stops, 17 5 tackles for losses, 10 5 QBS, an interception and six other passes batted down, three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles Miller compiled 33 career sacks, which is No 4 in school history behind Aaron Wallace (42, 1986-89), Jacob Green (37, 1977-79) and John Roper (36, 1985-88).
Texas A&M was joined in New York by family and friends, including Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman.
Mike Sherman had this to say about Von:
"I am very excited that Von Miller was selected with the second pick in this year’s draft by the Denver Broncos. He is a great fit for them, and the Broncos are a great fit for him. I know he is excited and honored to be a part of that organization. He is looking forward to playing for head coach John Fox. This has been fun for me to personally see it all come to fruition this evening. I am so happy for him and his family. They have always kept things in perspective.
This didn't just happen overnight. Von has put a lot of effort, thought and determination into making this happen.
Over the last year, I have seen Von mature both as a football player and as a person. He now sees the big picture. He is the perfect example of something we often talk about- ‘the more you give; the more you get’. He has become beloved by Aggies everywhere because people have taken notice that at no time this past season has it ever been about him. It's always been about his teammates, his coaches, and Texas A&M. It's always been about giving back. His unselfish attitude, his love for his teammates and his school, define him even more than his superior talent."
When asked what Von's selection means for the Texas A&M football program, he said, "Initially, it means we lost a great player and someone needs to step up and fill his shoes. Von's postseason run -- the Butkus Award, Senior Bowl, Combine, Pro Day, and now the NFL Draft; has brought great exposure to our program and to Texas A&M. Although the spotlight shines on him, he has always redirected back to his teammates and his school."
The Aggie Websider congratulates Von Miller on this well deserved honor and just reward.
The Denver Broncos got a lot of new Aggie fans on Thursday night !