A couple of weeks ago, Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain said that one NFL personnel man told him that every time he sees Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller play, it reminds him of the late Derrick Thomas.
Pretty high compliment, no?
Well apparently Miller caught wind of the comparison and decided to do his homework on the late Hall of Fame linebacker. According to National Football Post, Von Miller recently said:
"Right then and there, I looked him up and just watched him. I try to emulate some of the stuff he does. You can't do some of the stuff he does, but I try my hardest to be like Derrick Thomas."
When asked specifically about how he tries to be like Derrick Thomas, Miller said,
"Just his mentality about the game. I don't think it's his physical ability that I try to emulate. It's the way he played the game with a relentless fanatical effort with every play. That's what allowed him to make the plays that he made."
I remember Carl Peterson making a similar statement about Thomas' endurance and fanatical pursuit of the quarterback. When Peterson went to check out Derrick Thomas for the first time at Alabama, Peterson said DT was the first player who simply did not get tired during the drills. He kept coming back for more and more Peterson said. He almost couldn't get tired.
To all of you college prospects out there, there are few better people to emulate on the football field than the late, great Derrick Thomas.