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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Von Miller opens up about NFL lawsuit

By David Ubben

Former Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller was curiously listed as one of 10 plaintiffs on the class-action lawsuit filed against the NFL by NFL players.

Miller was the only draftee.

There's a bit of risk involved in that, but NFC West blogger Bill Williamson examined whether or not doing so would hurt Miller's draft stock.

His verdict: Miller is too good of a prospect for it to hurt him.

But the question of why is still there. And speaking with the Pro Player Insiders web site, Miller gave a look inside the decision.

At the Super Bowl, Miller's agent was contacted about being part of the suit, and after three weeks of consideration that involved consulting with several people including the New York Jets' LaDainian Tomlinson, Miller decided to put his name to the players' cause.

"I just wanted to do my part to make sure football continues to get played,” Miller told the site last week. "Football is a business, and I really wanted to be informed about the business aspect of it. I was asked to be a part of this, and I wanted a chance to help out this elite group of guys."

Miller isn't an NFL player just yet, but his presence puts a face to the players' cause of preventing the rookie wage scale from changing.

Miller, who joins players like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Mike Vrabel and Drew Brees on the suit, says the rookie wage scale wasn't a big issue for him, but he still decided to sign up.

"I’m in this for the guys who have come before me,” he told the site. "I’m a team guy, and I’m ready to help the team."

Miller said he hasn't been asked and hasn't decided whether or not he'll attend the draft. NFL veterans suggested this month that rookies boycott the draft.

As for his draft stock? Miller says this priority came first, though he's a likely top-5 pick.

"I hope it wouldn’t hurt my draft stock," he said. "But you can’t really get possessive over something you never had. So if I fall, then that’s the way it will be. I’ll still be signed with someone and playing football in the NFL."