Anthony Miller (American football)

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Anthony Miller
No. 83
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-04-15) April 15, 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Pasadena (CA) John Muir
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Debuted in 1988 for the San Diego Chargers
Last played in 1997 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 595
Receiving Yards 9,148
Touchdowns 63
Stats at NFL.com

Lawrence Anthony Miller (born April 15, 1965) 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 was a finalist in 2012 to be inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame.[1]

Early life[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[2]

Tennessee[edit]

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.[4]

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.[4] 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.[2] 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.[5] 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.[2]

During the 1987 season, Miller injured his knee in the opener against Iowa, and struggled with injuries throughout the season.[6] 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.[4] 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.[7]

NFL[edit]

Miller competed in the NFL's "Fastest Man" competition in 1989, placing second to Darrell Green.[3]

Career stats[edit]

Receiving Rushing Kickoff returns
Year Team G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD KR Yds Avg Long TD
1988 SD 16 36 526 14.6 49 3 7 45 6.4 20 0 25 648 25.9 93 1
1989 SD 16 75 1252 16.7 69 10 4 21 5.3 24 0 21 533 25.4 91 1
1990 SD 16 63 933 14.8 31 7 3 13 4.3 10 0 1 13 13 13 0
1991 SD 13 12 44 649 14.8 58 3
1992 SD 16 16 72 1060 14.7 67 7 1 -1 -1 -1 0 1 33 33 33 0
1993 SD 16 16 84 1162 13.8 66 7 1 0 0 0 0 2 42 21 29 0
1994 Den 16 15 60 1107 18.5 76 5 1 3 3 3 0
1995 Den 14 14 59 1079 18.3 62 14 1 5 5 5 0
1996 Den 16 16 56 735 13.1 46 3 3 39 13 26 1
1997 Dal 16 16 46 645 14 54 4 1 6 6 6 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gehlken, Michael (July 16, 2012). "Fans to decide next Chargers Hall of Famer". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "1987 Tennessee Squad," 1987 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide (University of Tennessee, 1987), p. 84.
  3. ^ a b Chris Baker, "It Doesn't Take Long for Anthony Miller to Kick In," Los Angeles Time, 13 November 1989. Retrieved: 25 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Tennessee Career Football Statistics, UTSports.com. Retrieved: 25 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Dismal Day on the Plains," 1987 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide (University of Tennessee, 1987), p. 100.
  6. ^ Mike Strange, "Tennessee Scouting Report: The Passing Game," 1988 Peach Bowl Program, p. 9.
  7. ^ Records, UTSports.com, p. 373. Retrieved: 25 July 2013.