Super Bowl 50 for the Denver Broncos will be all about Peyton Manning, and whether or not this will be his final game ever in the NFL. However, there are several other players on the roster with their own special stories.
Linebacker Von Miller wasn't the model player during his first few seasons in the league. The summer of 2013 was a hard time for him, as he was suspended for the first six games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and he also missed a court date for traffic citations.
He looked like another player that would waste the opportunity given to him. He gained weight once his suspension was over to play with more power, but overall it suffered, and his season ended on December 22, 2013, against the Houston Texans when he tore his ACL in his right knee. He missed the Super Bowl that year against the Seattle Seahawks.
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During the following offseason, DeMarcus Ware arrived in Denver from the Dallas Cowboys, and since then, Miller has changed. According to ESPN, the 26-year-old cites Ware as one of the reasons why he is a different player today than what he was a couple of years ago.
He said: “DeMarcus ... he just ... DeMarcus was my idol. ... DeMarcus just ... I don’t know. DeMarcus ... he’s just the kind of player, the kind of person ... I don’t know, I have so many thoughts in my head. ... DeMarcus he just came here at exactly the right time."
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“I’m a totally different guy than I was a couple years ago. DeMarcus got here a couple years ago. The people around me, my family, my closest friends helped me do it. But so did DeMarcus. DeMarcus was big. Very big. Huge, really."
Cornerback Chris Harris Jr, who has been with the Broncos since 2011, also said he noticed the difference in Miller, before and after the arrival or Ware at the franchise. He said: “I’ve said, before Von didn’t really have that discipline, that drive. Before he was talented, now he’s talented with hard work. He wants to be great. I don’t know if he did before."
He also said the ACL tear was a wake-up call for Miller too.
“Because he learned right then, it can just end," Harris said. “I’ve said it’s crazy to think about, but tearing his ACL might be the best thing that happened to him. That, and DeMarcus."
Ware might have been the reason why Miller is still in the league today after everything that happened to the linebacker in 2013. If they manage to win the Super Bowl this Sunday, they'll be brothers for life.
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