On Thursday evening, Denver Broncos All-Star outside linebacker Von Miller appeared on NFL Network to talk about the 2013 season. The network asked Miller what quarterback he is most looking forward to playing against next season, and his answer was a little surprising.
"For me, it would have to be Tony Romo," Miller told NFLN without giving it a second thought (NFL.com video here). "And going back to Texas Stadium, I'm a big-time Dallas Cowboys fan."
Miller was drafted by the Broncos second overall in the 2011 NFL draft and has recorded 30 sacks in 31 starts since then, quickly emerging as one of the top outside linebackers in the league. In Matt Miller's B/R 2013 NFL 1,000 series, Miller is ranked as the No. 1 4-3 OLB in the NFL.
And Miller calls himself a Cowboys fan?
"Big time. Growing up (watching) Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin—all those guys I looked up to. I thought I was going to be a Cowboy, so going back to Texas Stadium where all of my family will be, that will definitely be one of the games that I am looking forward to playing."
Miller has ties to the state (he played at Texas A&M), so it's not surprising to see that he is looking forward to returning to Texas this fall. But Bronco fans can only hope his childhood team is no longer his top choice.
Miller will become a free agent in 2015. To prevent him from hitting the open market, the Broncos will likely try to extend his deal before it runs out.
Otherwise, Miller probably wouldn't be opposed to becoming DeMarcus Ware's eventual successor in Dallas, if given the chance. Don't let him get away, Denver.