Former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller is on the move — he’s headed to Los Angeles.
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller walks off the field after an injury during the first half of the team’s NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Miller, who helped guide the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 victory, will join a defense that features three-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald and shutdown cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Miller was honored as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2011, and he was a part of seven AP All-Pro teams, as well as the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade team.
An emotional Miller spoke to KMGH-TV in the parking lot after leaving the team’s facility.
Oct 3, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) chases down Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) in the second half at Empower Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
“I’ve been here through the ups and the downs. It’s always tough whenever you leave. I love all of my fans. I love Broncos country. When I said, ‘Broncos for life’ I meant that,” Miller said. “It was an honor and a privilege to play here. … Being able to play with Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware, Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins, Tim Tebow … it’s an honor and a privilege.”
Miller leaves the Broncos as the franchise leader in sacks (110.5) in the regular season, and he has an additional 6.5 sacks in the playoffs.
FILE – AFC linebacker Von Miller of the Denver Broncos is seen during Pro Bowl NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. The Broncos were left scrambling after losing star Von Miller to a season-ending ankle injury, denying them of the Super Bowl 50 MVP’s on-field brilliance and locker room leadership. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)
Through seven games this season, Miller has recorded 19 tackles and 4.5 sacks while he gets back up to speed. He played in 33 snaps before suffering the ankle injury.
The Rams are 7-1 this season. They are 10th in the NFL in points allowed and 21st in yards allowed. Miller will certainly add another dimension to Los Angeles’ defense as the team continues to build momentum toward making it to the Super Bowl.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.