Broncos’ Von Miller explains why Emmitt Smith, Cowboys were his childhood heroes
Von Miller plays linebacker. Well, actually, he’s an edge pass rusher whether it comes in the form of 3-4 outside linebacker or 4-3 defensive lineman. His hero growing up didn’t even play defense.
“When I was really young, probably it was Emmitt Smith. They were Cowboys and when you grow up around Dallas, in Texas, Cowboys are going to be your heroes. They were mine. Because football, especially then, was everything to me.
“[I remember] just that I never wanted to miss anything, watching them on game day and never wanting to miss a play, any moment they were playing. And then I’d watch the interviews after and just see how they handled themselves, after wins and losses. … You can be the most competitive player in the National Football League and want to win every game, win every play and still carry yourself like that. That’s what I wanted to do.”
Miller, 29, of course, is a product of Dallas, Texas—DeSoto, to be exact. Born in 1989, he was a youngster while Emmitt, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin took home three Super Bowls over the course of five years.
Though they failed to capture one with Von a little older in middle school, the shine was back in Big D and young Von Miller was all about dem boys.