Von Miller, while being Von Miller, follows in Peyton Manning’s footsteps

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Von Miller has anew mantra: What would Peyton do?

The All-Pro linebacker has replaced retired quarterback Peyton Manning as the face of the team and the voice of the locker room. Where he leads, the Broncos follow.

“I think Peyton Manning had an influence on us all,’’ Miller told Mike Klis of 9News. “. . .I put a quote on Instagram yesterday, ‘If you do what you love, you would never have to work a day in your life,’ and this is truly what I love to do. As the years add on you start to appreciate it a whole lot more. You’ve got young guys coming in that’s looking at you. You appreciate the way they look at you. You appreciate they leadership position they automatically put you in. So I just want to set a good example for everyone who comes out here.

“But at the same time, I want to be Von. I want to interact with everybody. Have fun. But at the end of the day I’ve got to do my job. It’s all square business when I’m out here on the field.”

Miller also has taken over Manning’s role as lead autograph signer. He signs every day at training camp, not just on his designated day, as Manning did.

Everyone wants something from Miller, as the Broncos’ best player, and he has delivered on and off the field.

“It’s the legacy aspect of it,’’ Miller said. “Whenever you’re gone, whenever it’s all said and done, what are they going to say about you? I’ve always kept that in mind, but this year, it’s year seven. I want to play 20. So I have to start taking advantage of the opportunity I have now. Peyton, DeMarcus [Ware], Brian Dawkins, Tim Tebow, all those guys set a great example for me to go out here and just put my own spin on it and be Von.’’

15 responses to “Von Miller, while being Von Miller, follows in Peyton Manning’s footsteps

  1. Kudos to Von for choosing the right direction after being in the same situation (more or less) as Aldon Smith. One became SB MVP and well.. we’ve all seen what happened to Smith.

  2. Thank you, DeMarcus Ware (and Manning). Miller was on the cusp of straighten up or screw up…Elway brought Ware in who took Miller under his wing and taught him how to be a true professional. Add to that the way Peyton “raised all the boats” in the locker room and Miller is now a true pro, stepping into and embracing the leadership role he needs to fill.

    It’s hard not to like this guy (unless you’re a Chiefs fan). He’s genuine off the field, a really good person.

  3. What would manning do?
    have his wife ship in HGH
    Cheat
    Retire quickly after the WWNFL awards them an * and refuses to investigate until a year later.

    what would von do? more of what he has always done
    headhunting, cheating and saying disgusting things to opposing players.

    von is trash. a one trick pony… donkey actually.

  4. Superbowl 50 MVP “Commitment to Excellence”

    Oakland/LA/Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders fans should be more concerned about filling their home stadium so they don’t have to keep moving.

    Last time i checked the Black Hole was a big Tarp!

  5. superbowl323350 says:
    Aug 2, 2017 12:09 PM

    Superbowl 50 MVP “Commitment to Excellence”

    Oakland/LA/Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders fans should be more concerned about filling their home stadium so they don’t have to keep moving.

    Last time i checked the Black Hole was a big Tarp!

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    more like those cities needed to fulfill their contacts and agreements but they didn’t. That’s why Al Davis sued the league and won!! I am sure you’re ignorance doesn’t have the first clue

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