Former coach lauds Von Miller

April, 29, 2011
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ENGLEWOOD, CO. -- Tim DeRuyter believes his lasting image of Von Miller exemplifies who the Denver Broncos’ first-round pick truly is.

It was moments after an upset win against visiting Nebraska in November. Ninety-thousand-plus fans flooded Texas A&M’s field. DeRuyter, the Aggies’ defensive coordinator, then saw a stunning sight. There was Miller – the team’s best player --- standing in the middle of the chaos, sobbing uncontrollably.

“That’s Von,” DeRuyter said. “He was so happy we won. He’s cares so much more about the team than himself. That’s not always the case with great players. Often, they care more about themselves than the team, but not Von. Denver is getting a guy who is going to be a great player and a great teammate.”

I talked to DeRuyter on the phone moments before Miller was introduced to the media Friday afternoon; the day after the Denver took the pass-rusher with the No. 2 overall pick. Miller quickly showed the traits his former coach was talking about.

Miller said his new job is “all about winning” and he said on multiple times that he is in Denver to be a ”sidekick” to existing Denver pass-rushers Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers, or as Miller referred to them "Mr. Dumervil" and "Mr. Ayers.”

He thanked “Mr. Elway” for drafting him and said it was a surreal experience working for the legendary quarterback.

DeRuyter called Miller the “whole package” and said there is not a weak spot in his game or off-field life.

“Denver is going to love this kid,” DeRuyter said. “He’s a special kid.”

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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