Von Miller credits Tim Tebow and Spiderman for how he uses his platform
Plenty of people remember Tim Tebow for reasons such as his inability to play at the quarterback position. However, Denver Broncos star Von Miller credits the former NFL man for his off-field achievements. Also, Spiderman… kind of.
The Broncos outside linebacker was named as the recipient of the 2019 Jefferson Award for Public Service in Sports. His off-field contributions have impacted the community for the better, but he credits the Florida product and Spiderman as inspiration for his positive acts in society.
“I feel like I’ve said it a million times like the movie Spiderman,” the Broncos LB said. “Uncle Ben said, ‘With great power comes great responsibility,’ and we have a huge platform. You have to be able to use that platform for the better. I’ve got a huge team around me.
“I had a lot of great examples come before me that really showed the way from Tim Tebow to Brian Dawkins, Champ Bailey, DeMarcus [Ware], and Peyton [Manning]. Peyton was one of the [award] winners a few years back.
“To have some of these guys come before me and really show me the way it’s incredible. It’s incredible that I have a team around me that really help me put my vision out there to help the community.”
On the gridiron, Von Miller had a quiet 2019. While he made 464 tackles over 15 starts, he only registered 8.0 sacks this season, which is low relative to his usual production and monster status in the NFL. This number is an obvious drop compared to his 14.5 sacks last year. He also didn’t pick up any fumble recoveries and only made two pass deflections.
However, fans can expect the linebacker to continue being a positive influence to his community.
Nevertheless, good insight from the Broncos talent — and credit to Spiderman and Tim Tebow, I guess.