Ever since Von Miller literally stole Super Bowl MVP honors out from under the award's presumed winner - and league MVP - by upending him play after play after play in the championship game, the Broncos' linebacker has been racking up accolades faster than Patriots fans can start a new #FreeBrady campaign.
His latest comes from Pro Football Focus who named the best player from every NFL team in the past decade, which meant from 2006-2015 by their definition.
Von Miller was the obvious choice for the Denver Broncos.
"We got the best secondary in the National Football League." – Von Miller is confident amidst change in Denver. https://t.co/ECvtesOq9v— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 24, 2016
While the edge-rusher extraordinaire may have gotten some competition for the honor from former teammates Champ Bailey and future Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning, when you're the guy almost single-handedly responsible for getting Manning his second Super Bowl victory, you definitely earn the team's player of the decade. (Plus, Broncos fans can rest easy that two of our best earned the award as PFF bestowed the player-of-the-decade honor to Manning for the Indianapolis Colts, calling him "the best QB the league has ever seen" and his time in Indy pre-surgery just "spectacular." No argument there.)
In choosing Miller, PFF of course highlighted No. 58's dominance throughout the 2015-16 playoffs, which were capped by an out-of-this-world performance in the Super Bowl. But his consistency as a threat is what really made him the top choice.
It's arguable that he was the single-most important factor in Denver's advancement in both the AFC Championship game and to the Lombardi Trophy presentation ceremony. He has averaged 85 total pressures per season every year he has played a full slate of games, or five total pressures per game. That is pass-rush impact in a nutshell.
Yes, yes it is. In the Broncos' 24-10 win over the Panthers in the Super Bowl, Miller logged six total tackles and 2.5 sacks, defending one pass and forcing two fumbles.
And as if that wasn't astounding enough, he stripped Cam Newton on a sack in the first quarter to help the Broncos score the game's first touchdown. And all that was two weeks after doing about the same thing to Tom Brady in the AFC Championship.
Essentially, the playoffs were the Von Miller Show with the NFL's No. 1 defense as his supporting cast.
"It just shows what type of defense that we've been playing," Miller said after being named Super Bowl MVP. "If I could cut this award, I would give it to DeMarcus and [Derek] Wolfe and all the other guys. That's what I would do," Miller said after winning Super Bowl MVP. "This is all great and stuff, but for me, I want to be with my guys. I would take the ring, the MVP is great, but I'll take the ring. I want to go in there with my teammates."
Since then Miller has been making an impact all over the country off the field - whether it was on the dance floor, at any number of Hollywood awards shows, making rounds for the Geek Squad, endorsing Old Spice, or starring in the best Madden NFL video promo (and Justin Bieber parody) ever.
But the highest paid defensive player in the history of the NFL is focused now on getting back to football and dominating his competition all over again. Before his first preseason game against the Niners, Miller said he couldn't wait to get back to the game.
"I just want to go out there and play football," he said. "I want to go out there and play full speed. I want to go out there and leave it all on the field."
Miller didn't have a particularly notable first preseason game, but that shouldn't worry Broncos fans. The quarterback terrorizer is in great shape and poised to pick up where he left off in February when Carolina comes to town for opening day.
Fellow edge rusher and mentor DeMarcus Ware believes Miller is prime for a huge season.
"I've been watching Von all offseason, and he's a different guy," Ware said, noting all the promotional gigs his teammate did in the offseason. "But when he came back, he was a lot more focused, he got a lot of that out of his system and now - you can tell by the tenacity he brings to the field in practice."
Ware said it has been most noticeable on the field where Miller is becoming a more vocal leader (though he still breaks out the dance moves regularly).
"He's being an even bigger leader and vocal about it," Ware said. "Usually, he doesn't talk that much on the field but now he's actually being a lot more vocal out there. We're tag-teaming, he's on the left, I'm on the right, everything else is in the middle, and it just feels great to have a guy like that out there."
An all-decade player for sure.