Von Miller opens up about ‘serious consideration’ he gave to opting out
After being one of the first players to contract the coronavirus, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller had his doubts upon entering the upcoming season. He said he gave “serious consideration” to opt-out from playing but the efforts made by his team ultimately changed his mind.
“I weighed the positives and negatives and came to my own decision and felt like I could play,” he said, via the Denver Post. “The job the Broncos are doing to keep us safe was enough for me to not opt-out.”
“From my teammates, I get all types of questions about the virus,” he said. “I feel like it’s me pushing [the conversation] out there and saying, ‘This thing is serious. It’s very, very serious.’ . . . We see the types of things happening in baseball [with outbreaks] and we just don’t want that to happen in the NFL.”
Despite the uncertainty and risks in the upcoming season, Von Miller should have plenty of reasons to get excited about playing. Incoming sophomore quarterback Drew Lock is now getting a full season to lead the team’s offense. The team also added a speedy wideout in former Crimson Tide Jerry Jeudy, drafting him with the 15th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. General manager John Elway also added former Tennesee Titan Pro Bowler Jurrell Casey to anchor the defensive line.
With a promising roster, the Broncos are looking ready to surpass their 7-9 record last season. They are also aiming to finally pose a threat to division rival and Super Bowl LIV champion Kansas City Chiefs.