Wade Miller (Canadian football)

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Wade Miller
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2019 Grey Cup parade, Wade Miller.jpg
Miller at the Blue Bombers' 2019 Grey Cup parade.
Born: (1973-06-10) June 10, 1973 (age 48)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Career information
CFL statusNational
Position(s)President and CEO
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight340 lb (150 kg)
UniversityManitoba Bisons
CFL draft1995 / Round: 4 / Pick: 37
Drafted byWinnipeg Blue Bombers
Career history
As administrator
2013–presentWinnipeg Blue Bombers
As player
19952005Winnipeg Blue Bombers
CFL East All-Star1997, 1999

Wade Miller (born June 10, 1973) is a retired professional Canadian football player and the current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Football career[edit]

After four seasons with the Manitoba Bisons, Miller was drafted by the Blue Bombers in the fourth round (37th overall) in the 1995 CFL Draft. He played 11 seasons in the CFL, all with the Blue Bombers, appearing in 159 regular season games and eight playoff games. Drafted as a linebacker, Miller moved to fullback because of his small stature and was a fixture on the Blue Bombers special teams. He was twice named to the CFL East Division All-Star team (1997, 1999) and is third all-time in special teams tackles with 184, behind Mike Miller and Jason Arakgi.[1][2][3]

Miller retired from football after the 2005 season. He was inducted into the Blue Bombers Hall of Fame in 2011.[1]

Post-football career[edit]

Away from football, Miller has worked as an employment recruiter and motivational speaker. In 2002, he co-founded Pinnacle Staffing, an employment agency which specializes in executive and management recruitment. He is also involved in numerous other business ventures, including multiple Booster Juice franchises, and is an active member of the Blue Bombers Alumni Association.[4][5] The Globe and Mail named Miller as one of Canada's Top 40 under-40 in 2007.[3]

The Winnipeg Football Club appointed Miller as acting CEO in August 2013, following the resignation of Garth Buchko.[6] Two months later, the Blue Bombers confirmed Miller as their new President and CEO.[7]

Personal[edit]

Miller was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[4] His father, Allen, played linebacker for the Blue Bombers during the 1960s after a short stint with the Washington Redskins in the National Football League.[1] His brother, Ritchie, works as an umpire for the CFL.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Blue's Miller calls it quits". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
  2. ^ "Miller Announces His Retirement". BlueBombers.com. 2006-03-21. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
  3. ^ a b "Teammates, business partners weigh in on Miller taking over Bombers top job". Winnipeg Sun. 2013-08-09. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  4. ^ a b "Bomber acting CEO on reasons for taking a seemingly impossible job". Winnipeg Free Press. 2013-08-16. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  5. ^ "Meet the New Acting CEO". The Huddle. 2013-08-09. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
  6. ^ "Blue Draft Miller". Winnipeg Free Press. 2013-08-09. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
  7. ^ "Miller honoured to become Bomber president and CEO". Winnipeg Free Press. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  8. ^ "CFL Blitz: Rookie QBs having never-before-seen success". Toronto Sun. 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2013-11-19.

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