POSTED: 12:53 p.m. HST, Mar 05, 2013
DENVER >> Von Miller is pulling a Joe Namath and it's only March.
Denver's star pass-rusher is already guaranteeing a Super Bowl title for the Broncos next season.
Miller said he's dedicating the season to his 6-year-old cousin who recently emerged from a coma after a car accident in West Texas that also injured his mother and 8-year-old brother.
On Monday, Miller tweeted: "You can post this where ever.. Denver broncos will win the Super Bowl" in the 2013 season. He added hash tags "4UJEREMIAH" and "IGUARANTEEIT58."
The linebacker later told The Associated Press that when the boy, Jeremiah Clark-Martinez, came out of his coma, he was asked a series of questions to test his memory and among the first things he said was that his cousin, Von Miller, played for the Denver Broncos.
That inspired Miller to make his pledge.
"I've always wanted to win, I've always been motivated but when you're doing something for somebody else, it adds a little bit extra motivation. And I guarantee that we will win the Super Bowl in 2013," Miller told The AP by phone from New York while on a media tour for AXE skin products.
"I guess you go across our locker room and I'm sure there will be a lot more guys join me in that guarantee," Miller added. "I don't see why not. I mean, there's 32 teams in the NFL. I'm sure all of those guys feel like they've got some kind of chance of getting to the Super Bowl and winning the Super Bowl. And I feel the exact same way."
Namath delivered on his guarantee in 1969 for the New York Jets' only title, but he waited until the eve of the Super Bowl to make his bold promise that the AFL's Jets would beat Don Shula's NFL Baltimore Colts.