Von Miller didn’t ask to be traded last fall, and if it were up to him, he’d still be with the Denver Broncos.
Things have worked out well for the edge defender with his new team, though. Miller and the Los Angeles Rams have reached the Super Bowl, where Miller will have a chance to win his second ring on Sunday.
The Broncos had offers from two other teams last year, but general manager George Paton intentionally traded the edge defender to a true contender. Miller is grateful for that.
“Truthfully, I think George Paton was looking out for me,” Miller said during his Super Bowl media week availability on Monday, according to The Gazette‘s George Stoia. “You don’t ever want to be traded. But George, he could have sent me anywhere. He could have sent me to any team in the NFL. I’m sure he could have gotten more from other teams. But they paid the majority of my salary so I could come to the L.A. Rams.
“They sent me to a contender for the Super Bowl. I would tell him ‘thank you.’ I always felt like it was always more than just a football relationship with him. And it definitely shows the way they treated me even on my way out. They were thinking about the best situation for me. I’m thankful to the Denver Broncos — John Elway, George Paton — all of those guys from my time there.”
The last time Miller played on the NFL’s biggest stage, he took home Super Bowl 50 MVP honors following a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. He’s now set to face the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.