Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller is pulling some unique double duty this month.
Next week, he’ll be in court as the only rookie plantiff in the NFLPA* antitrust hearing against the NFL.
Three weeks later, he’ll be in New York City to shake Roger Goodell’s hand at Radio City Music Hall, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
We love it. Miller is standing up with NFL veterans without sacrificing the rookie experience he wants to enjoy.
At a time when pettiness dominates the discussion, the image of Miller and Goodell shaking hands will be a strong reminder for both sides that it’s acceptable to be civil. It’s a reminder this business negotiation will end.
It’s a little odd that it takes an incoming rookie to show that you can choose sides in the labor battle without losing perspective, but we’ll take it.