Roy Miller (American football)
Miller with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012
|No. 97 Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Date of birth:||July 9, 1987|
|Place of birth:||Fort Lewis, Washington|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||310 lb (141 kg)|
|High school:||Killeen (TX) Shoemaker|
|NFL Draft:||2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 81|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015|
Roy Miller (born July 9, 1987) is an American football defensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas.
An army brat, Miller was born in Fort Lewis, Washington in 1987. His father was a soldier in the U.S. Army. His family lived in Fort Eustis, Virginia from 1989–1996 before moving to Killeen, Texas, when Miller was in middle school. Miller was a star at Shoemaker High School before moving on to the University of Texas at Austin. Miller was an All-American, two-time All-State and three-time All-District performer at defensive tackle and also played some offensive tackle. The All-Area Defensive MVP recorded 111 tackles with 10 sacks, 17 stops for loss, 19 pressures, six pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries, returning one 43 yards for a touchdown as a senior at Shoemaker. In three seasons, the team captain collected 264 tackles with 24 sacks.
Miller attended the University of Texas at Austin from 2005-2008. At UT Roy was a member of UT’s Athletics Director’s Honor Roll, a prep honor roll student who was a three-time academic all-district selection, he was named to the National Honor Roll as a junior, was very active in UT’s community service program and graduated with a degree in corporate communications. Roy was one of the strongest members of the UT squad. He played defensive tackle and short yardage fullback as a senior. He benched 500 lbs (227.3 kg), squatted 625 lbs (284.1 kg). and power cleaned 365 lbs (165.9 kg). During his years at UT Roy recorded 138 tackles, 25 TFL, 10 sacks, 44 pressures, six PBD, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He earned Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP honors, was tabbed first-team All-Big 12 by the league’s coaches. A member of the second most winningest senior class to date at the University of Texas, only beat by Colt McCoy and his class the following year. Roy was a prep All-American who earned practice MVP honors at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Miller was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 3rd Round (81st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. As a rookie Miller appeared in 15 out of 16 games for the Buccaneers, starting 1 game. Within a heavy rotation composed of Chris Hovan and Ryan Sims, he played a considerable amount of time, finishing his rookie season with 37 tackles, 2 sacks. In 2010 he returned with the Bucs starting all 16 games and finished the season with an impressive 47 tackles, 1 sack. Miller also played short yardage fullback in 2010. In 2011, Miller tore his MCL the first preseason game, causing him to miss the entire preseason. He returned the first game of the year as a reserve player, only to re-injure himself a couple weeks later against the New Orleans saints (bulging discs). Despite the injuries, Miller played every regular season game (starting 3) finishing the season with 36 tackles.
Miller is half African-American half Samoan. A devout Christian, who loves spending time with his family of 7. He is married to Nikkie Miller. A very active member in each community he has been involved with. At the University of Texas, he hosted 150 middle school students at Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center, and regularly spoke at the middle schools and high schools of Killeen. Miller was part of a group of Longhorns that often visited patients at the Austin Children’s Hospital. Miller participated in reading and mentoring at local elementary and middle schools and counseling at Austin's local youth centers. With his strong ties to his military background, Miller continues to visit troops that come and go overseas. At UT Miller organized an event at Ft. Sam Houston near San Antonio where fellow Longhorns greeted, interacted with, and played dodgeball with wounded soldiers. Miller returned to visit Ft. Sam Houston as an NFL player in 2010 as part of the "Pros 4 Vets" organization founded by Toby Keith. He is a part of a group of professional football players from Killeen who put on numerous charity events in the Ft. Hood area including an up-and-coming sports camp. In Tampa Bay, he visits the Joshua House, an organization for foster kids. Miller annually participates in the Children's Cancer Center Christmas Party as well as many of the Glazer families foundations events. Co-founder and President of The Accumulative Advantage Foundation, his goal is to "help young people realize the small opportunities that lead to bigger opportunities, which once over come, create a never ending cycle of success."