Pass rushing Miller in top-of-draft duel with QB Newton

Tue Feb 2, 2016 2:59pm EST
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By Larry Fine

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Denver sack-leader Von Miller aims to land a one-two punch in the Super Bowl as the number two pick of the 2011 NFL Draft tries to disrupt Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, that draft's number one overall choice.

"I think it's super cool, super cool to be going against the number one pick in Super Bowl 50," Miller told reporters about the showdown in Sunday's NFL title game. "Definitely a unique experience and I'm going to take advantage of it."

Miller rose to the occasion in the AFC title game victory that put the Broncos into the Super Bowl, registering 2 1/2 sacks of New England quarterback Tom Brady and intercepting him in a 20-18 victory over the Patriots.

Denver general manager John Elway said it was fitting to see the two players facing off against each other in the biggest game of the season.

Elway described Panthers signal caller Newton, a national college champion at Auburn, and Miller, an outstanding pass rusher at Texas A&M, "as talented as anybody that I've seen coming out of the draft since I've been in this job.

"When you look at the top two guys five years later, it's nice to see that they are battling each other for the world championship."

It is the first time the top two selections of the same NFL draft have squared off in a Super Bowl.

"That will always mean something to me, that John Elway picked me as his first pick," Miller said. "I thought at that time I could be number one, but (Carolina) didn't see it that way. They took Cam Newton."   Continued...

Feb 1, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) during Super Bowl 50 Opening Night media day at SAP Center.   Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports