Elvis Dumervil was the Denver Broncos premier pass rusher when Von Miller was selected second overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. Within eight months, Miller was Defensive Rookie of the Year and well on his way in the NFL.
Flash forward to 2017 and Dumervil finds himself with the San Francisco 49ers practicing once again with his former protégé with Miller turning out to be everything Dumervil through he would become way back in 2011.
"I see now what I thought I would see then," Dumervil said. "When he first came in as a rookie, you saw it in practice and you'd be like, 'All right' -- and then you'd really look at him on film and you'd say, 'Oh, shoot, now this is for real.' On his first day he ran full speed and we all just kind of looked at each other. I just see everything in him right now -- good leader, Super Bowl MVP, Pro Bowl every year. Look at him, what else can you say? He's right where I thought he'd be."
It’s nice to be reminded of how great these two were early on in Von’s career. As we all know, DeMarcus Ware kind of cemented the leadership and mentality Von would need to take his game to the heights it now rests, but it was Dumervil who laid the foundation of his NFL career.
Jeff Legwold from ESPN wrote extensively about their relationship on and off the field. It’s a good read for those of you looking for one today.
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