Poll: What’s your favorite Von Miller sack dance?
Scroll through this post to see all of Von Miller’s sack dances and the stories behind them. Then vote in the poll at the bottom of the page.
DENVER — Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller has become almost unblockable in his second year in the league, and he has now danced his way to a statistical designation: Top sack artist in the NFL.
Miller dropped San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers three times during the Broncos’ 30-23 win over the Chargers Sunday, pushing his sack total to the 13 on the season. That’s the top mark in the league ahead of J.J. Watt of the Houston Texas, who has 11.5.
It also means Miller has 24.5 sacks over the course of 25 games in the NFL. If he were to log 10 more over the Broncos’ remaining six regular season games this year, he’d have more sacks in one season than any player in NFL history.
As much as those huge numbers have been a talking point, so have Miller’s jigs and gyrations that occur in the wake of each downed quarterback.
“You can never run out of sack dances,” Miller said before the Chargers game. “It’s always different on every play. The excitement is always different every stadium, every play. I don’t think I’ll ever run out of sack dances.
“If I do, I’ll just get with Keith Brooking. I’m sure he can show me a couple.”
Below, you can find a rundown of the moves Miller has executed after each of his sacks this season.
Many of the 23-year-old’s sack dances are originals, like his classic “Eat Greedy” dance that he patented a season ago when he logged 11.5 sacks despite battling a hand injury.
“We eat with both hands, elbows on the table, big steaks, lobster bisque,” Miller said after unveiling that dance.
There was also the arm-flailing, hip-popping number Miller executed after sacking Matt Ryan in a 27-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons early this year (many have dubbed that the “Bucking Bronco”).
That particular routine drew the most criticism of the season, considering the Broncos were down by 13 points when Miller whipped it out.
We’ve also seen Miller mock some of his opponents. Okay, just one opponent — that being Cam Newton. Not only did Miller imitate Newton’s infamous “Superman” celebration right on top of the second-year quarterback, he added a little lift-off leap at the end of it.
Considering Denver was able to log seven sacks in the contest, though, Miller wasn’t the only one who made a mockery of the Carolina Panthers quarterback during the Broncos 36-14 win.
Miller has also celebrated one of his ex-teammate’s classic moves, “Tebowing” after a sack in the Broncos’ 31-19 season-opening win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While some believed it was an insult to the quarterback the Broncos replaced with Peyton Manning this season, Miller called it a tribute to everything the departed Tim Tebow was able to accomplish in leading the Broncos to a division title and playoff win a season ago.
Miller had a few more theatrics during the Broncos’ season opener. After logging his first sack of the season, the linebacker showed his versatility with a hybrid celebration, combining Richard Nixon’s classic double piece sign with a variation of the “Funky Chicken.”
Hence, the “Richard Nixon Funky Chicken” was born. We’ve never seen it since.
Then there’s the dance Miller has turned to most often this season. It’s a new series of somewhat basic moves that was imparted on the linebacker by the Ubisoft, the makers of the video game, “The Hip Hop Dance Experience.”
Regardless of what it eventually ends up being dubbed, Ubisoft donates $1,000 to Miller’s charity “Von’s Vision” every time he does it. Miller’s charity provides eye care to underprivileged kids.
It appears Miller is quite right to say that he’ll never run out of moves, and that he will never let his dance routines get stale. Aside from all of the aforementioned moves, Miller has also turned to several less heralded celebrations, like the one above.
Another was included in the video at the tippy top of this post, which Miller has called the “Sonic the Hedgehog.”
So which one do you like the best? Vote in the poll below and let your voice be heard.
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