Miller wins battle with a Marlin

Von Miller stretches at practice. (Perry Knotts/NFL)

OAHU, Hawaii — Von Miller is making the most of his time here in Hawaii as one of the few rookies fortunate enough to be invited to the Pro Bowl.

Miller might not be guaranteed much field time come Sunday, but he most likely already recorded his greatest accomplishment of the week when he reeled in a 250-pound blue Marlin during a deep-sea fishing trip Tuesday.

“It was incredible, it was like having to fight with this thing for 40 minutes,” Miller said. “We caught a sailfish after that. It’s about 110 pounds.”

So based on his battle with the Marlin, Miller said it’s fair to assume his surgically-repaired right thumb is fine.

“Yeah, it’s feeling good,” Miller said. “I got a little brace and it’s feeling a lot better.”

A few other things we learned about Miller this week:

  • The  Broncos rookie has been hauling around some heavy-duty camera equipment as he films an autobiographical documentary, what he describes as a “first-person point of view type of thing.”
  • If you watch Miller’s Broncos teammate Willis McGahee mic’d up from Wednesday’s practice, you’ll learn two things about Miller:
  1. He’s related to Boobie Miles, the subject of “Friday Night Lights.” No, not NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” the original H.G. Bissinger book, “Friday Night Lights: A Town and a Team,” about the high school football team from Odessa, Texas.
  2. Miller doesn’t wear those thick-framed glasses to make a fashion statement. He needs them. As McGahee puts it, “He blind.”

— Aron Angel

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