Buffalo Bills pass rusher Von Miller is signed for six years under the new contract he signed in March. Most expected the 33-year-old future Hall of Famer to not play out all six years of that deal. However, this won't be the case according to Miller himself.
Speaking to The Buffalo News, the 33-year-old pass rusher said he fully intends to play out all six years of that deal in Buffalo.
'I'm Trying To Play The Whole Thing'
"This is a six-year deal, so I'm looking forward to playing the whole thing," Miller said, via The Buffalo News. "I'm trying to play the whole thing out. Tom Brady's done it, Bruce Smith has done it. All the guys that I look up to when it comes to longevity in careers. So I just take it one day at a time, and I'm just gonna take whatever God gives me. My intention is to play the whole thing out. I'm a real sicko when you get to know me. My mindset is different."
Miller, should he play out the full six years of his contract, will be 38. The two-time Super Bowl champion can still play at a high level, so it remains to be seen if he does play out the length of the deal.
Miller is aware of his age, but he doesn't think it holds him back. He feels good, all things considered, and that drives him to continue playing.
"Of course, I'm getting older. But I don't feel 33 at all. The main thing is I don't look 33 at all. When I'm running out here with the guys, I make it a point to show to my teammates and earn their trust that hey, I'm 33 years old but I can run with you. I can run with anybody and I'm healthy and I take care of my body," Miller said.
Keeping The Mentality
One of the most important things for Miller is keeping a certain type of mentality. He believes it allows him to feel better and not let the wear and tear of the NFL grind affect him as much.
"I think mentally, once you start feeling old, it's just done," Miller said. "I've been in the league a long time and when guys start complaining about, of course you're gonna have injuries and stuff, but when guys start complaining about, man it's cold out here. Or we got practice again today. Or just little things that I just try to stay out of. I try to keep my mind positive."
Playing Big Minutes
The two-time Super Bowl champion doesn't care what exact role he plays. The one thing he cares about is playing the biggest moments in the game. He wants to be on the field when it matters most.
"I'm all for rotation and all that stuff, but when it's crunch time, I have to be in the game," Miller said. "I'm sure that coaches and everybody wouldn't fight me on that. When it's crunch time, I'm gonna be out there in the game."