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Von Miller must take control of life, career

My final vacation day of the summer was met with major AFC West news.

Denver star linebacker Von Miller is facing a four-game suspension for reportedly violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. As Miller appeals the suspension, I want to chime in with some thoughts on the situation.

Whether Miller is ultimately suspended or not, the bottom line is the same: Miller has to use this experience as a time to change himself.

After two NFL seasons, the explosive pass-rusher has become a complete player and must be on the short list for any discussion about the game’s best defenders. A bright light for the league, Miller -- who has 30 sacks in two NFL seasons -- has been compared to Lawrence Taylor. He has the ability to end his career in Canton, Ohio, in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

But now, he also has the ability to end his NFL career via suspensions.

The reported positive tests occurred in his rookie season in 2011. Miller is just 24. He can put these issues behind him and move on. He must.

A path filled with potential suspensions would be a complete waste for this dynamic talent. If Miller continues to get suspended, it would be one of the greatest wastes of talent in recent memory.

Thus, Miller has to see this experience as a warning sign about his future and make sure he stays on the right track. If not, a boundless future will be shattered.