Mike Miller (Canadian football)

Mike Miller (born March 15, 1989) is a Canadian football fullback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He also played for the Edmonton Eskimos for six years and became a Grey Cup champion in 2015 and earned a second championship in 2019. He played CIS football with the Acadia Axemen.

Mike Miller
No. 24     Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Born: (1989-03-15) March 15, 1989 (age 30)
Riverview, New Brunswick
Career information
StatusActive
CFL statusNational
Position(s)FB
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight215 lb (98 kg)
UniversityAcadia
High schoolRiverview
CFL draft2011 / Undrafted
Career history
As player
20112016Edmonton Eskimos
2017–presentWinnipeg Blue Bombers
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x Grey Cup champion (2015, 2019)
  • CFL single game record for special teams tackles (7) (2019)
CFL West All-Star2019
Career stats

Professional careerEdit

Edmonton EskimosEdit

Miller was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Edmonton Eskimos on May 18, 2011.[1] He primarily played on special teams over his tenure with the Eskimos, while seeing some playing time on defense as well, registering six defensive tackles from 2011 to 2015.[2][3] He won his first Grey Cup championship in 2015 where he had one special teams tackle in the game.[4]

He led the league in special teams tackles in 2016 with 27, despite only playing in 16 games. He was released by the Eskimos on March 1, 2017.[5] He dressed in 104 games with the Eskimos, registering 116 special teams tackles.[6]

Winnipeg Blue BombersEdit

Two days after his release from Edmonton, Miller signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on March 3, 2017.[7] In his first season with Winnipeg, he led the team in special teams tackles with 22. In 2018, he was second on the team, but also with 22 special teams tackles. On July 5, 2019, Miller tied a CFL record with seven special teams tackles made in a single game.[8] Miller finished 2019 with 25 special tackles, tied with rookie Kerfalla Exumé for most on the team, and was named the team nominee for both the Most Outstanding Special Teams Player, and Most Outstanding Canadian awards.[9] Miller, whose 73 yards from scrimmage were 1,836 fewer than Winnipeg national running back Andrew Harris, who lost the support of voters due to a suspension earlier in the season. Miller stated his belief that Harris was indeed the most outstanding Canadian player for the Blue Bombers; ”I will accept the Canadian nomination on Andrew’s behalf, but do so reluctantly and while completely disagreeing with his omission.”[10] Miller was then named a finalist for 2019 CFL Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Esks ink ex-Axeman; sign linebacker". CFL.ca. 2017-03-03. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  2. ^ "Defense stats 2011". CFL.ca. 2017-03-03. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  3. ^ "Eskimos release top CFL special-teams tackler". edmontonjournal.com. 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  4. ^ "Grey Cup 103 boxscore". CFL.ca. 2015-11-29. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  5. ^ "Eskimos release national fullback Miller". CFL.ca. 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  6. ^ "Edmonton Eskimos release special-teams dynamo Mike Miller after six seasons". cfjctoday.com. 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  7. ^ "Bombers add FB Mike Miller". bluebombers.com. 2017-03-03. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  8. ^ "Streveler, Bombers stay perfect with win over Redblacks". CFL.ca. July 5, 2019. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "CFL announces 2019 team award winners". October 30, 2019.
  10. ^ Staff, 3Down. "Mike Miller reluctantly accepts Bombers' Most Outstanding Canadian award | 3DownNation".
  11. ^ "Fajardo, Banks headline 2019 Shaw CFL Awards Finalists". November 7, 2019.

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