ENGLEWOOD – Von Miller would love to see a defensive player win the Heisman Trophy But he’d love it even more if a Texas A&M Aggie claimed the award.
So even though Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o will be among the three finalists invited to the Heisman ceremony in New York City on Saturday night, Miller spent part of his interview with Denver-area media lobbying for A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel — a.k.a. “Johnny Football” — to win.
“Te’o, he’s had a great season. Seven (interceptions) — for a linebacker, that’s great, that’s outstanding. I want to see a defensive player get it,” Miller said, “but not more than I want to see an Aggie get it.”
No pure defensive player has ever won the Heisman Trophy, which means that Miller doesn’t have a vote for the award, in spite of some superlative play in 2010, his senior year at A&M, that spawned brief Heisman chatter that was quickly squelched after then-Auburn quarterback Cam Newton heated up en route to a national championship.
Miller knows a pair of Heisman winners who will vote: Newton and former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. He said he hasn’t sent text messages to either one lobbying them on Manziel’s behalf.