The Broncos’ Twitter account probably said it best. “How does Von Miller get better? By learning from the all time sacks leader.”
Yesterday, Miller convened his 2nd annual Pass Rush Summit at Big Cedar Lodge near Branson, Missouri. And he brought in some seriously talented instructors: NFL Hall of Fame pass rushers Bruce Smith and Warren Sapp. Smith, if you didn’t know, holds the all-time record for career sacks with a beautifully even 200.0.
In addition to learning from the pair of greats himself, Miller joined them in passing along pass rush knowledge and techniques to the various active players who attended. The guest list extended from established sack artists like Khalil Mack and Vic Beasley to some of the NFL’s newest pass rushers, including Broncos rookie Bradley Chubb and Saints rookie Marcus Davenport.
Two Hall of Famers talking spin moves at 2nd Annual Von Miller Pass Rush Summit.— Dan Molloy (@DanMolloyTV) June 28, 2018
Warren Sapp interrupts Bruce Smith - it’s an ice pick, not an elbow! pic.twitter.com/WPVpEhd9Zb
Here’s the full list of players in attendance:
- Von Miller, Denver Broncos
- Bruce Smith, Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Warren Sapp, Pro Football Hall of Fame
- T.Y. McGill, Kansas City Chiefs
- Charles Harris, Miami Dolphins
- Shaquill Barrett, Denver Broncos
- Andre Branch, Miami Dolphins
- Deforest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers
- Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos
- Marcus Davenport, New Orleans Saints
- Bud Dupree, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Daeshon Hall, Carolina Panthers
- Chris Landrum, Los Angeles Chargers
- D.J. Reader, Houston Texans
- Carlos Watkins, Houston Texans
There are probably more than a few quarterbacks who wish this event wasn’t a thing, because the knowledge shared by players of Smith, Sapp, and Miller’s caliber is going to contribute to many a quarterback’s bruise count for years to come.
There was quite a bit more on the schedule than just business, though. It’s the NFL offseason, so fun was a big component of the day. Miller and company enjoyed bowling, go karts, an arcade, and more. And no stay in the beautiful ozark hills would be complete without a fishing trip- at least not if Von Miller is the guy making the trip.
An avid hunter and fisherman, Miller made sure to include said fishing trip and raved about local conservation efforts, including USA Today’s America’s Best Aquarium winner, Wonders of Wildlife. And the event went so well, he’s already announced that they’ll be returning to the same location for his 3rd annual pass rush summit in 2019.
On a side note, I have to wonder if any rookie pass rusher has ever had a more incredible first offseason than the one Bradley Chubb has enjoyed this year. He gets to play alongside and learn from a future Hall of Famer in Von Miller, got coached by another future Hall of Famer DeMarcus Ware, and then got to benefit from the wisdom of two current Hall of Famers. And all this has happened before Chubb has even taken his first real NFL snap. If the rookie has taken advantage of the rather amazing pile of opportunities handed to him this offseason, he should make an instant impact on the field this fall.
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