Broncos linebacker Von Miller recently paid homage to Joe Namath, months before the 2013 football season even has begun.
Miller guarantees that the Broncos will win the Super Bowl.
He appeared on Tuesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, and Miller explained his decision to go all in, long before the cards are even taken out of the package.
“It wasn’t based on me feeling cocky or me coming in with just a bogus guarantee,” Miller said. “I was actually motivated because my cousin had just recently got in a car accident and had got out of a coma and out of all the things they were trying to teach him, out of all the things they were trying to get him to remember, one thing that he did remember is that he had a cousin named Von Miller that played for the Denver Broncos.
“And it just put a lot into perspective for me. It really hit home for me and I was already motivated to play football before, I already loved playing football before but when it’s somebody else involved, when you’re doing something for somebody else it, always makes it a lot more special and it puts a little bit of motivation behind it.”
Miller believes plenty of his teammates will agree, in part because every player believes his team can win it all.
“I don’t think it’s a successful season if you don’t win the Super Bowl,” Miller said. “The only way you can have a successful season is there is only one team at the end of the season that can leave with a win, and that’s the Super Bowl champions. That’s certainly what I want to be, and I don’t see why we can’t get it done. It’s a lot of stiff competition in the NFL, especially with all the changes that we have in our division now but I think we still are a great team. I still think we have a lot of great guys on our team. And I think we have a great chance and I feel like if you ask any of the guys in my locker room they’ll jump right along with me.”
It helps that the Broncos were one of the best teams in the NFL last season, winners of the top seed in the AFC.
Still, delivering from September to December doesn’t matter. They’ve got to get it done in January.
And, ultimately, February.