The Browns' Jamir Miller was today named to the AFC Pro Bowl team, becoming the first Cleveland player to win this accolade since the Browns returned to the league in 1999.
Miller was acquired as a free agent prior to the 1999 season, after Arizona gave him a low-ball offer and receiving tepid interest around the league. After demonstrating exceptional skills on a weak initial Browns defensive squad, Miller was rewarded with a long-term contract that year. Miller has emerged as a leader as the Browns defense has matured into one of the league's best. Miller's recent off-the-field activities have also received acclaim, as he was named Browns Man of the Year in 2000 for his work in the community.
The speedy outside linebacker has been turned loose in Foge Fazio's defensive scheme in 2001, resulting in a league-high 12 sacks. Due to injuries to both of Cleveland's starting defensive ends, Miller has been forced to spend some time as DE during the latter part of the season. Despite this, Miller has continued to be a force, and has registered over 100 tackles.
Browns defensive back Anthony Henry has also been mentioned frequently by Browns fans as deserving of a trip to the Pro Bowl. As of yet, there is no word that he has been named to the squad. Since being named to the Pro Bowl is based in no small part on reputation, the Browns rookie may be challenged to gain a spot. Henry leads the AFC in interceptions.
The NFL Pro Bowl will be played in Honolulu on February 9.