Broncos’ Von Miller reveals how Michael Jordan, The Last Dance impacted his mindset
ESPN’s 10-part documentary “The Last Dance” featuring Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls dynasty provided fans some much-needed content during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, it gave him meant something extra to think about going into the 2020 NFL season.
According to Andrew Mason of DNVR Sports, Von Miller admits that watching Jordan’s approach to the game made him reflect on his own shortcomings as a player:
Von Miller said he watched “The Last Dance” and started thinking, “Was I really making that commitment to the game, was I doing the same stuff that he did … I looked in the mirror and I said that I wasn’t.” So he redoubled his efforts, with “no days off, no vacations.”
Von Miller has already done what he can to solidify his Hall of Fame resume as a Super Bowl MVP, seven-time All-Pro, and eight-time Pro Bowler. The fact that he is now entering the 2020 NFL season with an added sense of motivation at this point in his career is a scary thought for the rest of the league.
Of course, it is hardly surprising considering the intensity Jordan displayed in making sure that his team was living up to the championship expectations that had been set and leading by example was the first step in holding others accountable. Although it did not necessarily make him the most well-liked of teammates, there is no question that it yielded extraordinary results results.
It will be interesting to see if Von Miller’s new mindset can help him secure the NFL’s elusive sack title and Defensive Player of the Year award.