Von Miller and Melvin Ingram play for AFC West rivals, but the young linebackers have become fast friends off the field.
Miller, who was taken in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year, has become a mentor to Ingram, a San Diego Chargers rookie out of South Carolina and a fellow first-round pick.
Miller has followed up his dominating rookie season with an even more impressive sophomore campaign. As the anchor of the league’s fifth-ranked defense, he’s 1.5 sacks shy of matching last season’s total of 11.5.
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While Ingram hasn’t had quite the same instant impact as Miller did a year ago, he’s drawn rave reviews from his coaches and is determined to continue to improve. Miller is more than happy to help Ingram do so, and is quick to pass on his knowledge of the game to his friend.
“Von Miller has a been a great mentor for me,” Ingram says. “Whatever I need to know about the ins and outs of this business, he’s been there no matter what.”
Miller and Ingram are bonded by a similarly competitive spirit – and a shared interest in cars. Miller rocks a black Chevy Camaro with a Batman logo in the back; Ingram has a red model with 24-inch rims and plans for a Robin logo. The not-quite superheroes figure to make life tough for NFL offenses for years to come.
For more on Ingram’s journey as a rookie in the NFL, visit www.nfl.com/etp.