National Post

Miller invents ‘Robot’ dance

Broncos’ LB makes up new play celebratio­n

- By Arnie Stapleton

ENGLEWOOD, Colo . • Quarterbac­ks like to say each intercepti­on has its own story. For Von Miller, every sack has its own celebratio­n.

Denver’s star rusher has 58 sacks in his five NFL seasons, including nine this season. He dropped San Diego Chargers quarterbac­k Philip Rivers twice last weekend. The first time, he worked his way out of t-he pile and did a choppy cele bration that was part water sprinkler, part robot.

“It was happening t oo quick and I felt on a timer. You’ve got a timer on you to get the sack dance in. I felt like I had wasted a little bit of time when I got up off the pile, so I just had to hurry up and do something,” Miller said.

He said he guesses he’ll call this one “The Robot.” A robot dabbing maybe. “Yep, that’s it right there,” he said. But without the hip thrusts. “No, no pumps,” Miller insisted. “I thought about it for like a half a split- second, but too expensive.”

EaFrlier this season, the N L fined Miller US$11,567 for his hip thrusts after sacks.

A big Key & Peele fan, Miller said he was just channellin­g his inner Hingle McCringleb­erry, the comedy duo’s foil who gets flagged after his third pump.

After hearing about the fine, Jordan Peele tweeted that hMe and Keegan- ichael Key donated that same amount to Miller’s charity, “Von’s Vision,” which provides glasses to underprivi­leged kids.

“It was dope,” Miller told The Associated Press. “Those guys are great guys. It was great that they could do that. T- hey didn’t have to do any thing like that and they were kind enough to do that and they helped out around 450 kids. It was great.”

Miller had low marks for rookie teammate Shane Ray’s sack celebratio­n last week in which he simply somersault­ed twice. Ray must have drawn inspiratio­n from a pre- game film the defence watched, Miller suggested.

“I had a sack against the Chargers in 2012 where I like rolled after it and I had gotten u-p and I did like a little some thing. We showed that before, so it’s just Shane. You can’t s-how Shane stuff like that be fore ( the game). You’ve got to show that after,” Miller said.

“I thought it was pretty creative, but still he’s got a l- ong way to go. I feel confi d-ent he’ll be able to get it bet ter. Repetition is the father of learning.”

De- nver defensive coordin ator Wade Phillips likes to consider himself young at h- eart — his homespun wis dom and corny jokes make him a must- follow on Twitter (@ sonofbum) — but when it comes to Miller’-s sack cele brations, he’s admittedly stumped. “I don’t really know what he’s doing, but I’m glad hHe’s doing it,” Phillips said. “e seems to change his dances every game, but as long as he gets them every game, that’s great.”

A-nd no, he has no two-step pin’ tips for his fellow Texan.

“No,” Phillips said. “I can only do the YMCA and that’s about it.”

 ?? Gregory Bull / the asociat ed pressilf es ?? For Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller, every sack is worth its own celebratio­n.
Denver’s star rusher has 58 sacks in his five NFL seasons, including nine this season.
Gregory Bull / the asociat ed pressilf es For Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller, every sack is worth its own celebratio­n. Denver’s star rusher has 58 sacks in his five NFL seasons, including nine this season.

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