BY ANDRES DIAZ
History would say that the Super Bowl MVP award is usually reserved for an offensive player but Denver Broncos’ very own linebacker Von Miller would show otherwise. Miller insisted that there was nothing new about what their defense did to the Carolina Panthers, it was just brutally executed.
Miller was the wrecking ball for the Denver defense and according to ESPN gained 2.5 sacks of Cam Newton and also two game-changing strip sacks that initially set the momentum and then eventually sealed the Broncos’ 24-10 victory at Levi’s Stadium.
No doubt that this was a defensive game all the way but what made this game interesting was that most did not expect the Panthers offense to get shut down the way they did.
Panthers being known this season as a team that put up big numbers and blew through their opponents before the second half.
I think most people, with the exception of Broncos’ fans, counted them out rather quickly. I guess people forgot to consider that Denver had the number one defense in the NFL, according to the ESPN 2015 NFL team total statistics.
Von Miller was the 10th defensive player to be awarded the Super Bowl MVP, which is quite outstanding if you consider that throughout the history of the award, 40 recognized MVPs have been offensive players. Miller joins Malcom Smith, Ray Lewis, and Chuck Howley as the only linebackers to earn this distinction.
It’s nice to see that the spotlight can change every once in a while and give credit where it is due. Even after Miller finished the game with six tackles, two quarterback hits, a pass defended and the two forced fumbles, he still credited his teammates.
In a quote on ESPN he said, “If I could cut this award, I would give it to Demarcus Ware and Derek Wolfe and all the other guys.” He also said, “This is all great and stuff, but for me, I want to be with my guys.” The award couldn’t have gone to a better player than Von Miller.