Von Miller: I’ve got a great opportunity to do something great

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Von Miller said in April he wanted 20 sacks this season and eventually Bruce Smith’s all-time sacks record. He doubled down on the all-time record this week.

“Whenever you set out to do something, you just want to be the best,” the Broncos linebacker told Lila Bromberg of USA Today. “I’ve got an opportunity to do something great.”

Miller, 30, has 98 career sacks, with a season-best 18.5 in the second year of his career. The only season Miller hasn’t had double-digit sacks was 2013 when he played only nine games.

Michael Strahan owns the single-season record with 22.5 in 2001. Smith set the all-time record with 200 in a 19-year career.

Julius Peppers finished his career with 159.5, the closest any pass rusher has come to Smith since Smith retired at age 40 after the 2003 season.

“I think he can do it, but it takes consistency,” former teammate DeMarcus Ware said of his former teammate, Miller, via Bromberg. “If he’s averaging 15, 16 sacks a year . . . and [has] a long career with no injuries, I think he can break that record.”

23 responses to “Von Miller: I’ve got a great opportunity to do something great

  1. Michael Strahan owns the single-season record with 22.5 in 2001 (thanks to a gift from Bret).

  2. That seems like a pretty tall order. A lot of things could roadblock him (double/triple teams, injuries, age, etc…) and prevent him from averaging 10 sacks a year for the next decade. Although at the end of both of their 8th seasons, Miller is 6 sacks ahead of where Smith was.

  3. “Michael Strahan owns the single-season record with 22.5 in 2001 (thanks to a gift from Bret).”

    Pats fans can’t get over Strahan leading the Giants in ruining their perfect cheat season. 18-1 … there’s a gift for you.

  4. Bruce Smith was a beast….averaged more than 10 sacks a year over 19 years….of all the 90’s Bills, he was the best of them. Remember the commercial with Dennis Hopper? “Bad things man, bad things…”

    Its going to be really hard for Miller to best the record. Hes got the talent to do it, but can he last that long?

  5. Reggie White had 21 sacks in TWELVE games in 1987…Do that Mr.Miller and I’ll be impressed. It took Bruce Smith FIVE more seasons then the late great Mr Reggie White to get 1 more sack then Reggie, the true Sack King.

  6. I’ll add that Bruce was still a great player…but he wasn’t the best. It’s like saying Emmitt Smith was better then Payton, Sanders, Brown and Dickerson.

  7. Sweet_UserName says:
    June 21, 2019 at 6:26 pm
    That seems like a pretty tall order. A lot of things could roadblock him (double/triple teams, injuries, age, etc…) and prevent him from averaging 10 sacks a year for the next decade. Although at the end of both of their 8th seasons, Miller is 6 sacks ahead of where Smith was.


    Good luck double teaming him with Chubb on the other side.

  8. Von has a good opportunity with Fangio. The issue is he is on the sidelines way to much sucking on oxygen. All he cared about in the past is sacks. Hopefully Fangio makes him work harder and more for the team instead of for himself.

  9. “This article should be focused on what Reggie White accomplished. Bruce hung around in a reduced state just for that record”

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    While I agree, we shouldn’t forget how great a player Bruce Smith really was. In my personal opinion I hold Reggie White to be second to none (including the great Lawrence Taylor), Bruce Smith was still one of the all time time talents that ever graced an NFL roster. He deserves credit for his accomplishments, and ranks right up there with Deacon, Merlin Olsen, Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene, L.T. (and a few others), and the late great Minister of Defense himself. I consider Reggie to be the best pass rusher of all time, but Smith was still a force to literally be reckoned with.

  10. He’s got a shot for a few big numbers years right now with Fangio running the show as well as Chubb on the other side (or beside him?) and that secondary. Things have to go almost perfect, but he does have a shot.

  11. “patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    June 21, 2019 at 9:31 pm
    He is not the same player. Denver wasted his prime.”

    He was the most dominant player on the field in their Super Bowl win. Von Miller won MVP in that game, and the fear of god that he put into Cam Newton that day is probably the reason he didn’t dive on that fumble. If they don’t win anything else during his time there I wouldnt call it a waste.

  12. Sweet_UserName says:
    June 21, 2019 at 6:26 pm
    That seems like a pretty tall order. A lot of things could roadblock him (double/triple teams, injuries, age, etc…) and prevent him from averaging 10 sacks a year for the next decade. Although at the end of both of their 8th seasons, Miller is 6 sacks ahead of where Smith was.

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    it’s called dreaming big my man! All big dreams are “tall orders”

  13. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    June 21, 2019 at 9:31 pm
    He is not the same player. Denver wasted his prime.

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    he won a Super Bowl and SB MVP in his prime with Denver. You have impossibly high standards, sir! (or Ma’am?)

  14. He did accomplish getting the rules changed regarding collection of drug samples after he was caught cheating! That’s a great accomplishment!
    It even added more games to his suspension,Funny how it’s never mentioned though.

  15. Giants fans can’t get over their yesteryear. Daniel Boone will lead you back. They say he killed a squirrel with his teeth and your owner “fell in love with him”. Hilarious.

  16. patsbrat says:
    June 21, 2019 at 6:06 pm
    Michael Strahan owns the single-season record with 22.5 in 2001 (thanks to a gift from Bret
    ++++++++++
    Like Bret was going to break Strahans tackle anyway.

  17. Von Miller isn’t even the best sack artist of HIS very own generation as Elite All-Pro pass rusher Chandler Jones leads the NFL in Sacks going back to 2015. Just over the last 2yrs Chandler Jones has a lot more sacks than Von does w/ Jones putting up 30 sacks over the last 2 seasons to Miller’s 24.5, that’s it. If Von Miller cannot even beat guys in his generation how is he going to beat the All-Time record or ever be the best?

  18. I don’t see him breaking getting 201 sacks. I think he can hit 150 or so depending on how long his career lasts

  19. “If Von Miller cannot even beat guys in his generation how is he going to beat the All-Time record or ever be the best?”

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    By having more sacks.

    Miller – 98 career sacks
    Jones – 77 career sacks

    Whoever has more sacks…has the record. That’s, um, how records work.

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