Von lost a bet, so he had some fun with it and brought a new kind of dread to the practice field on the last day of minicamp.
Possibly my favorite quality of Von Miller’s, aside from his ability to wreck NFL quarterbacks, is just how multi-faceted the man is. He’s this badass linebacker, elite athlete and household name, and at the same time he’s the guy who gives kids free glasses, does commercial spots for Geek Squad, and talks about his plans to someday own a chicken farm. How can you not love a genuine character like that?
Von’s fun side was on full display yesterday during the final day of mandatory minicamp. The 8th year linebacker seems to have lost a bet. And, as a result, Miller sported a full head of dreadlocks as the team ran through their drills. And the wig was still solidly in place later, during Von’s media appearance.
Von Miller on last day of school. #9sports pic.twitter.com/aaIhUY6NQL— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) June 14, 2018
Miller wouldn’t reveal the details of his lost bet, but he did add that he thought he looked cool with the dreads. That, and he noted that felllow pass rusher Melvin Ingram and Jadaveon Clowney sport dreadlocks, so maybe the dreads’ magic would rub off on him for the day too.
But the dreads weren’t just for practice. They contributed to some hi-jinks at the team’s Taste of the Broncos event as Miller explained, “No, it was funny. We did the undercover waiter for Taste of the Broncos and we went to Garden Grace. Yeah, it was fun. I think after about like 20 minutes they knew it was me though. But at first it was fun; I was making guys mad and stuff and eating off of people’s plates. It was fun.”
One thing Von was definitely excited about was the return of his old partner in crime, with Demarcus Ware joining the Broncos this week as a part time pass rushing consultant (read: coach). Even better, as we fans will see it, is the fact that Ware had his choice between the Cowboys and the Broncos and chose Denver.
Von was definitely enthusiastic, “It’s great having
“I’m getting ready to go in for like a championship fight and they brought D-Ware in to help me out.”
D-Ware out here. I kind of feel like we’re getting ready for fight camp. I’m getting ready to go in for like a championship fight and they brought D-Ware in to help me out. He knows me the best; we did some great things together. We respond well together. They hired him back and it should work out well for all of us—not just me.”
As he noted, it’s not just Von who will benefit from Ware’s presence and wisdom. Undrafted rookie Jeff Holland has to be ecstatic about the development, as his odds of A) making the team, and B) forging a long & successful career in the NFL have both just gone up. And the team will need him with Shane Ray out for a while.
Bradley Chubb is another guy who stands to benefit, and that’s more than a little exciting. I can’t really say it any better than Von did: “I think he’s getting the best of both worlds. I mean, he’s got a Hall of Famer. He’s got a guy that has done everything right. You’ve got a technician. You’ve got ‘Captain Football’ in DeMarcus and then you’ve got me that’s going to keep it all the way real about everything. Tell you how I feel and is going to be honest. Not that DeMarcus isn’t—he does all of that stuff too, but you’ve got more of a laidback leader too. He’s got the best of both worlds. I wish I would’ve had that combo. DeMarcus taught me so much, so hopefully he’ll be able to learn some of the same stuff I learned from DeMarcus as well.”
I don’t know about you guys, but I think there’re several quarterbacks out there who’re going to be every bit as unsettled by this development as I am excited by it.
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