When you talk about different players and teams throughout the National Football League, you will always have a bias towards a specific team and a specific player(s). For me, it’s the Miami Dolphins and Lamar Miller. For you, it could be the New England Patriots and Tom Brady. No matter which team you root for or against, what matters is you are a spectator in one of the greatest sporting events that the world has to offer. Sure, you could debate that soccer is better than football or that basketball is far more exciting and faced pace. What you can not argue is the great influence the game of football has throughout our wonderful country. If you’re a fan of the game, every Sunday from early September to early February you sit in front of your television set, whether it’s solo or with a group of friends and watch an event that has revolutionized the way we look at sports.
The players that make up the NFL vary. Some are smart witted Ivy League guys that attended Harvard such as Ryan Fitzpatrick, while some players strive for the off field publicity such as a Terrell Owens or Chad Johnson. No matter what, you are bound to have a favorite player. When it comes to my favorite player, the first name that pops up in my mind is Lamar Miller. Over the past few years I have really had the great opportunity of watching Miller grow not only as a football player, but as a person. Being a Miami Hurricane fan I am always interested in gaining more knowledge on who they recruit to play for them. When I first saw that the team recruited Lamar Miller, I instantly became excited. For people living in South Florida, football is essentially a rite of passage. If you live down here, chances are you either play the game or you enjoy following it from the bleachers. I don’t play football, however, I love the game almost more than anything else.
Coming out of high school, Miller was not only one of the best running backs in the state, but in the entire country. When he signed to play football at the University of Miami, I was ecstatic. His great speed and ability to hit the holes created by the line was very impressive. When he left the University of Miami as a sophomore, I was quite bummed. I thought that he could use another year in college to perfect his craft, but I guess he ultimately knew what was best for him.
When the Dolphins drafted him, it was almost as if he was being recruited to play at UM all over again. I always thought highly of Miller, but once he was drafted by the Dolphins, he quickly became my favorite player. I mean, how could he not? He was my favorite player at my favorite collegiate football program and then he was drafted by my favorite professional football team. What really sold me on him being my favorite player in the National Football League is when I had the pleasure of meeting him. About a year and a half ago I noticed Lamar Miller and a few other Dolphin players dining at a local restaurant. I knew the right thing to do was to let them have their dinner and not bother them, so I did just that. As they finished their meal and were walking out the door, I decided to say something to Miller. All I said was his name and instead of doing the normal routine of a professional athlete when encountering their fans (ignoring them), he turned and greeted me. We had a quick conversation and a picture session. I was taken back at how kind he was to not only me, but my family. He is a very humble person who is clearly grateful for the opportunity that he has. That is why Lamar Miller is my favorite player. He is a fantastic player and is truly humble and grateful.
Let’s set aside football talk for just a few moments here. So before I end this article, I have two simple questions to ask you: Who is your favorite NFL player (current or former) and why?