23Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA;Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) walks off the field at the end of the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

John Elway: 'Von Miller has grown up a lot'


The 2013 season for Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller couldn’t have gone much worse than it did. He began the season with a six-game suspension for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy and ended prematurely when he tore his ACL on Dec. 22 against the Houston Texans.

In between he had some issues with the law, including an August arrest and having an open warrant for his arrest in California and was cited for driving on a suspended license.

All of these issues could lead down a bat path for the former No. 2 overall pick out of Texas A&M, but that doesn’t appear to be the case according to Broncos general manager and executive vice president John Elway who says he’s grown up.

“I think that (Miller) has grown up a lot,” Elway said, according to the Broncos’ official website. “I think he did a good job to adjusting, even though it affected him during the year.

“He’s done a tremendous job of doing the right things and everything he’s supposed to be doing. So hopefully he can continue to do that, because we’d love Von to be back to the Von we know he can be.”

The Broncos are certainly hoping that’s the case for a player that is the second most valuable player behind league MVP Peyton Manning. When Miller is healthy and on the field, he is a pass-rushing force and a player capable of taking over games with his ability to get to the quarterback.

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