Ryan Miller (American football)

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Ryan Miller
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Miller in the 2012 NFL season.
No. -- Free agent
Position: Offensive Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-07-06) July 6, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth: Littleton, Colorado
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight: 321 lb (146 kg)
Career information
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 5 / Pick: 160
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Games Played: 8
Games Started: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Ryan Miller (born July 6, 1989) is an American football offensive guard who is currently a free agent. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. Miller was considered as one of the best offensive guards of his class.[1]

High school career[edit]

Miller attended Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, where he played offensive tackle and defensive end. He refused a starting position his sophomore year as playing varsity football was an overwhelming challenge. As a senior, he started all 14 games at offensive tackle, averaging well over 10 pancake blocks per game, did not allow a quarterback sacks, was flagged for just one penalty and had five direct touchdown blocks. On defense, he registered 31 tackles, 20 solo with 12 for losses including five sacks, with 10 hurries, four passes broken up, two fumble recoveries with one forced as a reserve. He was named Colorado's Gatorade Player of the Year, he earned a host of All-America honors for his senior season, including Parade, USA Today, SuperPrep, Rivals.com, PrepStar and MaxPreps. Miller was selected to play in the 2007 U. S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, and he helped the West to a 24-7 win.

Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Miller was listed as the No. 2 offensive tackle prospect in the class of 2007, behind only Josh Oglesby.[2] He picked Colorado over scholarship offers from Miami (Fl.), Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and USC.

College career[edit]

In his true freshman year at Colorado, Miller played in 10 games and started seven, including the 2007 Independence Bowl, at right offensive tackle. He became the first tackle to play as a true freshman at Colorado since Bryan Campbell, who played as a reserve behind Mark VanderPoel on the 1989 and 1990 teams, and when he started, that made him just the ninth true freshman to start a game on the offensive line at Colorado since freshmen were allowed to play again in 1972. Miller earned first-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News, second-team by Scout.com, and third-team by College Football News. TSN also selected him first-team Freshman All-Big 12.

After starting the first four games of his sophomore season at right tackle, Miller went down with a broken fibula on the second play of the second half against Florida State in Jacksonville, Florida. He was granted a medical hardship after missing the bulk of the 2008 season due to injury, thus he picked up an extra year of eligibility. Miller returned to the field in 2009, and started all 12 games, seven at right guard where he opened the season, and five at right tackle when the line was shuffled for assorted reasons. His teammates referred to him as 'look-out', made famous by his signature blocking technique.

Professional career[edit]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Miller was drafted 160th overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 draft.

On July 27, 2013, Miller sustained a head injury during blocking drills at the Browns' indoor facility. He was taken by ambulance to the Cleveland Clinic where he was treated.[3] He played in 8 games as a rookie.

Denver Broncos[edit]

On December 31, 2013, Miller was signed to a future contract with Denver Broncos. He officially joined the Broncos' roster on March 11, 2014. He was later released from the practice squad on October 7, 2014.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

On November 12, 2014, he was signed by the San Diego Chargers to the practice squad. He suffered a concussion while slipping on a concrete path running out to practice soon after being promoted to the active roster. He was cut on December 8, 2014.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On January 15, 2015, Miller was signed by the Dallas Cowboys to a future contract. On July 28, 2015, he was waived by the Cowboys. On the following day, he cleared waivers and was reverted to the Cowboys' injured reserve list. On September 15, 2015, he was released by the Cowboys with an injury settlement.

Personal life[edit]

After undergoing wrist surgery at the University of Colorado in 2008 with a broken fibula, Ryan used the removed bone from the wrist and made a necklace out of it. Constantly wearing it to symbolize his inner strength much like a person wearing a shark tooth necklace.


  1. ^ "NFL Draft - 2012 OG Draft Prospects". CBSSports.com. 
  2. ^ "Offensive tackles 2007". Rivals.com. January 24, 2007. 

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