DENVER Von Miller is pulling a Joe Namath, and its only March.
Denvers star pass-rusher already is guaranteeing a Super Bowl title for the Broncos next season.
Miller said hes dedicating the season to his 6-year-old cousin who recently emerged from a coma after a car accident in West Texas that also injured his mother and 8-year-old brother.
On Monday, Miller tweeted: You can post this where ever.. Denver broncos will win the Super Bowl in the 2013 season. He added hash tags 4UJEREMIAH and IGUARANTEEIT58.
The linebacker later told The Associated Press that when the boy, Jeremiah Clark-Martinez, came out of his coma, he was asked a series of questions to test his memory and among the first things he said was that his cousin, Von Miller, played for the Denver Broncos.
That inspired Miller to make his pledge.
Ive always wanted to win. Ive always been motivated, but when youre doing something for somebody else, it adds a little bit extra motivation. And I guarantee that we will win the Super Bowl in 2013, Miller told the AP by phone from New York while on a media tour for AXE skin products.
I guess you go across our locker room, and Im sure there will be a lot more guys join me in that guarantee, Miller said. I dont see why not. I mean, theres 32 teams in the NFL. Im sure all of those guys feel like theyve got some kind of chance of getting to the Super Bowl and winning the Super Bowl. And I feel the exact same way.
Namath delivered on his guarantee in 1969 for the New York Jets only title, but he waited until the eve of the Super Bowl to make his bold promise that the AFLs Jets would beat Don Shulas Baltimore Colts from the more respected NFL.
Miller didnt even wait for free agency to start.
Guaranteeing it wasnt fueled out of being cocky or anything like that, Miller said. I actually feel like what else is there? What else is there for the type of team that we have and the type of guys that weve got in the locker room?
The Broncos were odds-on favorites to win this last Super Bowl after going 13-3 and taking an 11-game winning streak into the playoffs behind Peyton Mannings resurgent season, then they lost to eventual champion Baltimore 38-35 in double-overtime in the divisional round.
Miller said it was difficult to watch the Ravens go on to win it all.
Man, its just tough. Because you dont want to be that guy that downplays other teams success. I actually feel like they had a great team. But weve got a great team, too, Miller said. Thats whats so special about playing in this league: Its not always the best team in the National Football League that gets it.
The Broncos were the ninth No. 1 seed to lose their first playoff game in the last eight seasons.
It was tough watching Joe Flacco instead of Peyton Manning. Its tough seeing Ray Lewis, as much as I respect him, instead of Champ Bailey. You know, I mean, it was tough, Miller said. But I think well all use this as motivation and get ready to go next year.
Miller said he has faith that safety Rahim Moore, who allowed Jacoby Jones to haul in Flaccos 70-yard touchdown heave in the final minute of regulation, will bounce back along with the rest of the Broncos.
In that game, Rahim made a few key tackles. He was making plays. He was all over the place. That play was just a football folly, and the ball was able to get over him, and they were able to score a touchdown, Miller said. On that play, I dont blame Rahim. I mean, I blame me and Elvis (Dumervil). There was 40 seconds left in the game, theyve got 70 yards to go, we know theyre going to pass the ball. Thats why they bring me and Elvis in ... to close it out and capitalize on that.
So, I mean, Im sure Rahim took it hard. I took it hard, too. Me and Elvis took it hard equally. Were going to use all that; were going to mash it all together, and were going to be motivated.