Anthony Miller (American football)
|Date of birth:April 15, 1965|
|Place of birth: Los Angeles, California|
|High school: Pasadena (CA) John Muir|
|NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15|
|Debuted in 1988|
|Last played in 1997|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Lawrence Anthony Miller (born April 15, 1965 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional American football player in the National Football League who was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the first round (15th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. A 5'11", 185-pound wide receiver from the University of Tennessee, Miller played in 10 NFL seasons from 1988 to 1997.
A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Miller's best year as a pro came during the 1993 season with the Chargers, catching 84 passes for 1,162 yards and seven touchdowns. During the 1995 season as a member of the Denver Broncos, Miller scored on 14 touchdown receptions. He ended his career with the Dallas Cowboys in 1997.
Miller attended John Muir High School in Pasadena, California, where he was a track standout, competing in the 400-meter, long jump and relay events. He joined the football team at the urging of Coach Jim Brownfield, but played only one year, catching 13 passes for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns. While he initially accepted a track scholarship from San Diego State, he transferred to Pasadena City College when SDSU coaches refused to allow him to play football in addition to running track.
Miller's break-out year at Pasadena City came in 1985, when he caught 47 passes for 881 yards and 9 touchdowns, rushed once for 63 yards and a touchdown, and returned 25 kickoffs for 786 yards. His 1,728 all-purpose yards led all California junior college players, and he was named to the junior college All-American team.
Miller played at Tennessee during an era when the school garnered its reputation as "Wide Receiver U," with receivers such Anthony Hancock, Willie Gault and Tim McGee preceding Miller as 1st-round NFL draft picks. Three of Miller's teammates in the Vol receiving corps— Joey Clinkscales, Alvin Harper and Anthony Morgan— would also become NFL draftees. Despite consistent competition for playing time, Miller amassed 765 yards and 5 touchdowns on 47 catches in just 17 games for the Vols, and returned 25 kickoffs for 547 yards.
Splitting time with the veteran Clinkscales during the 1986 season, Miller caught 36 passes for a team-leading 667 yards and 5 touchdowns, and returned 24 kickoffs for 522 yards. In his debut against New Mexico, he caught 5 passes for 80 yards, and caught 5 passes for 66 yards in his SEC debut against Mississippi State. In Tennessee's loss to Auburn, Miller provided the Vols' lone touchdown, catching a screen pass from Randy Sanders and racing 60 yards to the end zone. Miller caught a 70-yard touchdown pass and returned 6 kickoffs for a school-record 126 yards in Tennessee's loss to Alabama. He had a 44-yard touchdown catch against Memphis State, and caught touchdown passes of 51 yards and 50 yards against Vanderbilt. He caught 6 passes for 72 yards in Tennessee's 21-14 win over Minnesota in the 1986 Liberty Bowl.
During the 1987 season, Miller injured his knee in the opener against Iowa, and struggled with injuries throughout the season. Playing sparingly in just six games, he finished the regular season with 11 catches for 98 yards, and returned only one kickoff for 25 yards. In Tennessee's 27-22 win over Indiana in the 1988 Peach Bowl, Miller caught 5 passes for 78 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.
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- "1987 Tennessee Squad," 1987 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide (University of Tennessee, 1987), p. 84.
- Chris Baker, "It Doesn't Take Long for Anthony Miller to Kick In," Los Angeles Time, 13 November 1989. Retrieved: 25 July 2013.
- Tennessee Career Football Statistics, UTSports.com. Retrieved: 25 July 2013.
- "Dismal Day on the Plains," 1987 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide (University of Tennessee, 1987), p. 100.
- Mike Strange, "Tennessee Scouting Report: The Passing Game," 1988 Peach Bowl Program, p. 9.
- Records, UTSports.com, p. 373. Retrieved: 25 July 2013.