James Donald Miller (born February 9, 1971) is a former NFLquarterback, last under contract with the New York Giants. He was drafted in the 6th round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, 178th overall. Miller attended Waterford Kettering High School and graduated in 1989. He started as the Captain's Varsity quarterback his sophomore year and held that position through his senior year. Miller was also a star baseball player. He currently serves as an analyst on Bears Postgame Live on CSN Chicago, replacing former Chicago Bears legend Richard Dent in 2007 and also holds a communication position with the Bears.
Miller was a starting quarterback for the Michigan StateSpartans for three years, beginning as a sophomore. As a senior, he led his team to the Liberty Bowl, where they lost, 18–7. He finished with a final record of 14–24.
Miller never played an entire game as quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1994–1996) and never took a snap with the Atlanta Falcons (1997). It was not until 1999, in his second year with the Chicago Bears, that Miller earned a starting job. That promising season was cut short for Miller when he became the first quarterback to be suspended by the NFL for violation of its substance abuse policy. Miller contended he did not read the label on an over-the-counter dietary supplement containing the steroidnandrolone, a banned substance under the NFL's drug policy. He was suspended for four games at the end of the 1999 season and lost about $100,000 in pay.
Upon his return, Miller became established as the starter for the Bears' brief playoff run in 2001, their first berth since 1994. With the second-best record in the NFC and tied for the second-best record in the NFL along with the Pittsburgh Steelers at 13–3, the Chicago Bears were awarded a first-round bye. This was due in large part to the Bears top ranked defense as well as the ball control offense Miller led. On January 19, 2002, the Chicago Bears met the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Playoffs with Jim Miller as quarterback. The game was fairly competitive until the final seconds of the first half when Eagles' defensive end Hugh Douglas delivered an illegal hit to Miller that resulted in a separated shoulder. Shane Matthews replaced Miller, who only threw 3 completions on 5 pass attempts with an interception in what was to become his lone playoff appearance. Eventually the Chicago Bears lost to Philadelphia 33–19.