This marks the tenth time in Super Bowl history that a defensive player has been named Most Valuable Player. Linebacker MALCOLM SMITH of the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII was the last defensive player to receive the honor.
The award is chosen by a panel of 16, comprised of members of the Pro Football Writers Association of America, selected members of the broadcast media and by fans interactively through the National Football League’s official website, NFL.com.
Miller led a Broncos defense that recorded seven sacks, posting six tackles, two and half sacks, two forced fumbles, one pass defensed and two quarterback hits.
Miller, a fifth-year player from Texas A&M, helped force two turnovers that were instrumental in setting up both Denver touchdowns. His first-quarter sack forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive end MALIK JACKSONin the end zone for a touchdown to the give the Broncos a 10-0 lead. Miller’s second full sack of the game came in the fourth quarter and forced another fumble that was recovered at the Carolina nine-yard line by safety T.J. WARD. Four plays later, Broncos running back C.J. ANDERSON ran for a two-yard score to seal the Broncos 24-10 win.
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