Daily Sports Smile: Von Miller shares heartfelt farewell to Denver Broncos organization

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 1:  Linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos stands on the field during warmups before a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High on December 1, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Miller is not playing today. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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After 11 seasons with the Denver Broncos, Von Miller is embarking on a new path. The Broncos traded Miller to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for multiple draft picks

Miller will depart the only NFL team he's ever known in his career. However, not before making one final play. On Tuesday, Miller expressed his gratitude for the Broncos organization that forever changed his life.

“It’s really no great way to do this man,” Miller said in a farewell video. “This is a special place and I love and appreciate you guys for all the amazing years that I had while I was here.”

Miller recalled several moments with the team. He reflected on the Super Bowl 50 run in 2015 and playing alongside leaders like Peyton Manning and DeMarcus Ware. He thanked Broncos executives George Paton and John Lynch and even showed love to everyone that played a part in helping him achieve his dreams.

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“I grew up here and I evolved here,” Miller said. “I became a better teammate, a better brother, a better son and I became a father here in Denver. It has been an amazing run.”

Miller mentioned that there was no way to prepare for getting traded. He noted that his name had come up in trade rumors before, but to see it as a reality was tough. However, he understood that the decision was in the best interest for both sides.

Denver Broncos' Von Miller holds the trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos won 24-10. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The Broncos will continue to rebuild with a young roster. Miller now gets a chance to chase another Super Bowl title with a veteran Rams squad. He will line up next to fellow Pro Bowlers Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey every week. 

His arrival will also bring added experience. Miller said he plans to use what he learned from leaders to make an impact with the Rams.

“I think about all the leaders that have showed me how to do it,” Miller said. “I think about Peyton Manning, Brian Dawkins, Champ Bailey, Tim Tebow, DeMarcus Ware, Elvis Dumervil, Wesley Woodyard. All the great leaders that I’ve seen come through here, they really molded me into the type of person that I am today.”

As Miller departs for a new adventure, he will always remember his time in Denver. He finished his Broncos tenure as the team’s all-time sack leader. He recorded 509 tackles, 110.5 sacks, two interceptions and 26 forced fumbles.

He even hinted that he could decide to return in the future like Broncos’ great Shannon Sharpe.

“I think maybe that could be me,” Miller said. “Maybe I could have a little bit more here in the orange and blue.”