Less than 48 hours after being named Super Bowl 50 MVP, Von Miller dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss his dominant performance against Carolina.
“I’m feeling the same as I did right after the game: It’s been magical,” Miller said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “It’s still all in movie mode. It still hasn’t slowed down, and I don’t expect it to. We’re world champs. We worked incredibly hard to get to this moment, and I don’t think we’ll be letting down the celebration anytime soon.”
Denver beat the heavily favored Panthers 24-10 on Sunday, and Miller was a big reason why. He finished with 2.5 sacks and forced two fumbles, leading a Denver defense that limited Carolina to a season-low 10 points.
“That’s just the heart of a pass rusher,” said Miller, who had 2.5 sacks and picked off Tom Brady in the AFC Championship. “I believe I can get to any quarterback. It was no different this week. I just wanted to be Von. I just wanted to play to the best of my abilities. I knew if I could do that, that would be more than enough.”
Few people gave Denver much of a chance in this Super Bowl, but the Broncos forced four turnovers and held Carolina to 3-of-15 on third down. Cam Newton, who had accounted for 50 touchdowns in 18 games entering Sunday, was held without a score for the first time all season.
The Broncos had heard for two weeks that Newton was unstoppable, that he was unlike any quarterback in NFL history.
Denver didn’t flinch.
“If you got to motivate pros to go out there and play, especially before a Super Bowl, we’re in trouble,” Miller said. “Everybody knew we was the No. 1 defense. Everybody knew the type of skill we had on defense. We certainly knew what type of offense that those guys had. You can’t get any positive feedback from film-watching the Carolina Panthers. They’re scoring 31 points a game. They’re making guys look crazy. We just had to stay true to who we we were and play the type of defense we knew we could play. That was more than enough.”
Peyton Manning, who finished with 141 passing yards and two turnovers, addressed the Broncos the night before the game.
“He was just talking about the process and the dreams that he’s had with us,” Miller said. “He didn’t hint that he was going to retire or say anything like that. He stayed in the moment. He wanted to convey to us the opportunity that we had was a huge opportunity and he just wanted us to go out there and be the Broncos we’ve been all year long.”
The MVP award was vindication for Miller, who endured various legal issues in 2013. The 26-year-old Dallas native relied on his family to help him get through a tough time.
“My parents have always been involved in my life,” Miller said. “(My mom) never missed a football game, a track meet, assembly or anything like that. So when I was going through a tough time, she was just here. (My parents) definitely played a huge part in supporting me in getting back to be the Von that I am today.”
Miller, who was suspended for six games in 2013 for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, was arrested that August after failing to appear in court for a traffic ticket. In September 2013, he was cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license.
“In 2013, it was just rough,” Miller said. “It was rough for me, and it was rough on and off the field. I just had to get grounded. I had to play football first, and I think I got complacent at first. Whenever I got back to getting this opportunity, I wanted to take advantage of it. I just had to be consistent. I just had to lose myself at the facility, lose myself in my teammates. That’s where I feel normal, being around those guys and being at work. I just had to fall in love with the process to be great, fall in love with work. It’s really not work for me. It doesn’t matter how early it is or how late it is or how tired I feel or anything. When I go to the facility, it’s just instant energy. I love being at work. I love being around the guys.”