Von Miller, Inspired by 'The Last Dance,' Doubles Down on Commitment to Teammates


A couple of things were left unclear after 'The Last Dance.' We still don't completely know what MJ's true relationships with some of his former teammates are. We're not sure how much farther the Bulls dynasty could have gone had it stayed together.

And we definitely still don't know who the GOAT is in NBA history, with Allen Iverson recently weighing in -- we think? -- on the debate and overturning what he had previously stated.

But if there is one thing we can take away for sure, it's that Michael Jordan was more committed and devoted to winning than perhaps anyone we've ever seen. MJ got emotional to the point of getting choked up and needing a break in the filming when defending his mindset of doing anything to win. And this, at least partially, seems to be a takeaway that Von Miller had when watching and observing MJ as a player, a leader and as an all-time great.

"In 'The Last Dance,' Michael Jordan said that he would never demand anything out of his teammates that he wasn't doing himself," Miller said (via the Denver Broncos website). "So for me, it was like, 'I've got to work harder. I've got to push harder, I've got to get back in shape. I've got to be better.' … I always felt that I was a great leader before, but I kind of shied away from the pressure of being the number one leader or leading in the right direction."

It wasn't only MJ, though. Another player known for his willingness and determination to sacrifice himself for the success of his team was also a source of inspiration.

"I've got to become more of a leader like Kobe and Jordan was," Miller said. "And it's never too late to change. It doesn't matter if it's Year 10 or Year 2. No matter what, I've got to find a way to do it."

Perhaps this is part of the reason that Miller, who is 31 years old and who has already experienced being sick with COVID-19, decided not to opt out of the 2020 NFL season.

But he also knows that the Broncos depend on him for leadership and success year after year. He's an eight-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro. He's led them through a Super Bowl. He's led them through disappointing seasons. He's been selected by his peers as a top-10 player in the entire NFL on multiple occasions, though he was "only" ranked No. 26 on this year's list.

And in 2020, he could be leading them through a rebound that would take the AFC West and the rest of the league by storm, with a completely revamped offense and a stingy defense looking to turn heads.

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