Von Miller’s pass-rush summit had Hall of Famers teaching youngsters

Von Miller, Bruce Smith work out. Credit: Andrew Jansen, News-Leader.
Von Miller, Bruce Smith work out. Credit: Andrew Jansen, News-Leader.

Von Miller’s an otherworldly player, and he worked to bring the best of the NFL together this summer at his pass-rush summit.

But, it wasn’t just current stars in the NFL, Miller invited Hall of Famers Warren Sap, Bruce Smith and future Hall of Famer DeMarcus Ware to teach the younger guys as well.

It all started out with Miller wanting to work with Atlanta Falcons star Vic Beasley and then it quickly developed into likely the most illustrious collection of pass-rushers in one place together, outside of the Pro Bowl.

Of course, Miller was there, along with Broncos stud Shaquil Barrett. Other stars from around the league included Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders, Justin Houston and Dee Ford of the Kansas City Chiefs, Andre Branch of the Miami Dolphins as well as, Arik Armstead and Cassius Marsh of the San Francisco 49ers.

“It’s just a great opportunity to get some of the greats, get some of the younger guys coming in and get some of the guys that’re doing it right now all in the same spot to discuss pass rush,” Miller explained to the media at Dove Valley on Saturday. “It’s really the only place that you can do that with league guys, with guys that’re in the NFL.”

And, it’s one thing for the current stars to teach one another their tricks of the trade, but quite another to have the Hall of Famers there to impart their knowledge as well.

“To have Bruce Smith, Warren Sapp and DeMarcus [Ware] and all of those guys contribute to the Von Miller Pass-Rush Summit, it has been a dream come true,” Miller continued.

Miller brought the greatest pass-rushers in the world together in Missouri in late June to not only talk football, but bond over bowling, pool and even by going fishing. Bass Pro Shops helped sponsor the event.

What makes Miller special is not only his once-in-a-generation talent, but he seems to be genuinely liked by his peers. He’s not condescending or exclusionary, but inclusionary; Miller’s acting as a football ambassador as of late, and that’s pretty cool.

Today, Miller and his Broncos teammates are putting on a scrimmage of 40-45 plays by the first-teamers against one another at Dove Valley. Denver is less than one week away from kicking off its preseason against the Vikings Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. MST.