Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro of the Afternoon Drive discussed the statement made by Von Miller, claiming Odell Beckham Jr. should be the highest paid player in the NFL. In the build up to the Broncos game against the New York Giants, Miller made the claim to New York media.
"He should be the highest-paid player ever, regardless of position. That's just the type of player he is. It doesn't matter if it's quarterback, offensive line, receiver. It doesn't matter. The type of impact that he has on the globe, the type of viewers that he brings -- just him as a player. That makes up for him not playing quarterback. So, he's a once-in-a-lifetime player. Definitely deserving.”
The Afternoon Drive had Nick Ferguson on to discuss the topic. Miller has seen a major increase in his own influence around the league. He is the face of Old Spice, appeared on Dancing with the Stars, and has several other endorsement deals. His comments reflect an understanding of the business side of the NFL.
Traditionally, quarterbacks have always been the most influential players in the NFL. Peyton Manning could be more famous for all of his advertisements than for his play. Now, Beckham’s increased exposure shows how his popularity can stretch beyond the game.
As a Super Bowl MVP, Miller understands how his popularity impacts revenue for the league. He knows Beckham’s popularity goes far beyond NFL fans. With the amount of money being generated by players like Beckham and Miller, there is definitely an argument to be made for non-QBs to start making more money.
Hour 2 of the Afternoon Drive recaps the Denver Broncos practice.