After winning a Super Bowl and coming away with MVP honors, most players would want to bask in the glory and focus on the exciting accomplishment. But, both on and off the field, Von Miller of the Denver Broncos isn’t like most players.
Instead, Miller used the spotlight to send warm wishes to another member of the NFL who desperately needs it – quarterback Johnny Manziel. Miller and Manziel both played their college ball at Texas A&M and have each faced their fair share of criticism.
In 2013, Miller was suspended for six games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, leaving many to wonder whether he would live up to the immense potential he once displayed. Two years later, Miller’s 2.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles helped bring Denver its first Super Bowl since 1999.
Unlike Miller though, Manziel is currently in the midst of heavy scrutiny. The troubled quarterback is being investigated for an alleged assault incident with ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. Manziel continues to claim no such incident took place, but it serves as the latest setback for the quarterback’s nightmarish 2-year NFL career.
When the clock officially ran out and the Broncos were crowned Super Bowl 50 Champions, Miller used the opportunity to give a shout-out to Manziel. “Hey, Johnny Man, I know it’s a hard time. I’ve been in the same situation. I’m here with you, buddy. Keep grinding, and you, too, can be here in two more years. I love you.”
It was an unselfish and heartwarming gesture by Miller, who has been the unquestioned leader of Denver’s vaunted defense all season. With character like that, and performances like his most recent one, the soon-to-be free agent is set for a big pay bump in his new contract this offseason.