Von Miller is the eternal optimist. Maybe it's simply a steadfast confidence in his own abilities, but the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL believes that 2017 is going to be the season of his career.
“Me personally, I always felt like my best season is my season coming up next," Miller said Wednesday, following day two of Denver Broncos OTAs. "It’s just how I always played. I played in my rookie season and I came in, and alright, my next season is going to be my best one—2013. It didn’t work like that for me, but I came back and said, ‘2014 is going to be my best one.’ It happened to be my second-best season. 2015 was a great season for me as well. We won the Super Bowl—Super Bowl MVP. Next year after that I was like, ‘This is going to be my best year.’ 2016, I came in and finished second in [Associated Press Defensive] Player of the Year voting. I like to say that this season is going to be my best season yet... I feel like this season will be my best season yet.”
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1780457-film-room-analyzing-demar... As Miller recounted, he's had some pretty good seasons in the six years he's been playing in the NFL. He was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2011. He's a five-time Pro-Bowler and a five-time All-Pro (3 first team).
2016 — the calendar year — was good to him, easily the best of his career — in every qualitative and quantitative sense of the word. After winning Super Bowl 50 and being named Super Bowl 50 MVP, Miller signed a six-year, $114.5 million contract extension.
All those good things happened on the heels of Denver's 2015 World Champion season. In 2016, Miller finished second in the NFL in sacks, with 13.5 and second in voting for Defensive Player of the Year, falling a few votes shy of Oakland's Khalil Mack.
Aside from being named DPoY, Miller's already accomplished it all. Most analysts, and fans, would agree that he's laid the foundation for a Hall of Fame career. And yet, Miller still feels like he's yet to peak and produce his best performance.
I suppose that's what makes the great ones great. And Von Miller has clearly established himself as one of the great players of his era.
“Goals and roles change every single year," Miller said. "I just want to be in great shape. I want to push my body to a spot that it has never been before. You’re never guaranteed that working hard off the field will translate to on-the-field success, but that is what I am hoping for this year. I’ve never worked as hard as I am working this offseason. Things don’t always happen like you want them to, but I’m hoping that work off the field translates over to the field."
I'm looking forward to seeing him continue his career in the Mile High City and reach for even higher altitudes.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.