Aaron Donald: We miss Von Miller but he’s on the opposite side now

Los Angeles Rams defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 to win the NFL Super Bowl LVI football game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.
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Former Rams-turned-Bills edge rusher Von Miller has wondered about the reception he’s going to get from the SoFi Stadium crowd when he takes the field on Thursday.

Miller was a key cog for Los Angeles’ defense in the team’s postseason run to winning Super Bowl LVI, recording 4.0 sacks, six tackles for loss, six QB hits, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in four games.

At one point, it looked like Miller would return to the Rams for 2022. But then he signed a six-year, $120 million deal with the Bills to boost their pass rush.

Miller played a significant mentorship role for star defensive tackle Aaron Donald during the playoffs. Donald said on Monday that he appreciates the memories made with Miller.

“If anything, we had conversations more about leadership, me being more of a vocal guy,” Donald said in his press conference. “I give a lot of credit, just obviously, in that playoff run having those conversations with Von — I feel like he challenged me with some things as a vocal leader and I took that to heart and I stepped up when we needed [me] to. So I always will respect and love Von for that.

“We created some special things. We miss him, but he’s on the opposite side now, so, you know, he’s the enemy.”

Donald added that he hasn’t spoken with Miller yet as the teams prepare to play on Thursday.

Miller and Donald won’t be on the field at the same time, but will certainly have time to greet one either before and after the season-opening contest.

4 responses to “Aaron Donald: We miss Von Miller but he’s on the opposite side now

  1. “Miles Garrett gets suspended for helmet swinging, how about this guy?”

    Worried your team can’t pull off a win if Aaron Donald plays?

  2. I doubt that the Rams fans even knew he was on their team. They were a super bowl team already, and they finally got an elite QB and won. Miller didn’t really make any difference. Perhaps Denver fans have some memories, but Rams fans are going to the game to cheer on the Rams. I’m serious. Most Rams fans wouldn’t recognize Miller if he knocked on their front door.

  3. charliecharger says:
    September 6, 2022 at 8:19 pm
    I doubt that the Rams fans even knew he was on their team. They were a super bowl team already, and they finally got an elite QB and won. Miller didn’t really make any difference. Perhaps Denver fans have some memories, but Rams fans are going to the game to cheer on the Rams. I’m serious. Most Rams fans wouldn’t recognize Miller if he knocked on their front door.
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    I’m sure Rams fans knew who Von Miller was considering he played half(8) the games as anyone on that defense, yet had the 2nd most tackles for a loss, 3rd in sacks and 3rd in QB hits on the team. Miller made a difference.

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