Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has been named the Colorado Athlete of the Year by the Denver Athletic Club, as Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post reports. Miller was a breakout star for Denver in 2011 as he made the Pro Bowl during his rookie season.
As part of the award, which has also been given to Colorado sports legends like John Elway and Todd Helton, Miller will be honored at a banquet on June 15. According to the Denver Athletic Club, the award is presented to a local athlete who, "has made significant contributions on the field and in the community."
In 2011, Miller quickly emerged as one of the league's most impressive defensive players after being drafted with the second overall pick in the draft. Starting all 15 games that he appeared in, Miller recorded 51 tackles, 11.5 sacks and three forced fumbles while being named to the AP All-NFL Second Team.
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