“It’s bittersweet that I won’t be here to be a part of it.”
Von Miller won a Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams in February and will be playing for Buffalo this fall, but his heart still belongs to Denver.
Speaking at his Von’s Vision charity event in Dove Valley Monday night, the former Broncos fullback didn’t fail to refer to the team as “we” while assessing Denver’s chances with new quarterback Russell Wilson.
“This team is going to be great,” Miller said. “It’s bittersweet that I won’t be here to be a part of it because I still have orange and blue in my heart and it will stay that way forever.
“We’ve been close in the AFC West for a very long time and now we have Russell Wilson, Jerry Jeudy is going to be crazy this year, Courtland Sutton is going to be crazy this year. I want these guys to win as many games as possible.”
Miller signed a six-year, $120 million deal with the Bills this offseason, with less than half of that money guaranteed. On Monday, the 33-year-old described the conflicting feelings he had upon entering the free hand.
“Free agency is coming and (I) want to be a Ram, want to be a Buffalo Bill, (I) want to go back to the Denver Broncos, (I) love the Dallas Cowboys,” Miller said. “Everything happened so quickly, (I) go with the Bills … and I’m starting to think about the kinds of wonderful things I can do with this team.”
Buffalo has made three straight playoff games under head coach Sean McDermott and quarterback Josh Allen and is among the favorites to win a Super Bowl next season. Should Miller be lucky enough to win a ring in Buffalo, he would become the first to play and win in a three-team Super Bowl.
Miller acknowledged that the Rams’ run to the championship last year helped him process his deadline trade, which saw Broncos general manager George Paton send the veteran to Los Angeles to pick picks for the get second and third round. With those picks, Paton selected edge-rusher Nik Bonitto in 64th overall, trading the third-round pick to the Colts.
“It was heartbreaking,” Miller recalled. “I almost cried (leaving the facility on the day of the trade). Winning a Super Bowl with the Rams is the only thing that could have helped with the heartbreak.”
As Miller seeks to expand his legacy on the field, he’s also focused on enhancing his legacy off it. Von’s Vision, now in its 10th year, provides eye exams and glasses to children in need. Miller started it with the idea of ”helping a kid or two.” The foundation has long outgrown that.
“Von’s vision has really grown legs of its own — it walks, it talks, it crawls around,” Miller said. “Hopefully in 30 years it will speak to me and take care of kids itself (as a big charity)… To help over 8,000 kids and raise over $4 million for glasses and glasses and eye exams (since 2012), it is.” definitely a true blessing.”
https://www.greeleytribune.com/2022/07/12/broncos-von-miller-russell-wilson-denver-buffalo-bills-la-rams/ “It’s bittersweet that I won’t be here to be a part of it.”