Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was named The Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press on Saturday at the inaugural NFL Honors awards show in Indianapolis.
Miller, receiving 39 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL, became the second linebacker in franchise history to win the award, following Mike Croel's win in 1991. Miller was also the fourth Bronco to earn the NFL Rookie of the Month award in November.
Selected with the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Miller tied a franchise record by totaling 11.5 sacks during his rookie campaign. His sack total ranked second behind San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, who finished with 14 sacks. Miller was also one of just six defenders to record at least a half of a sack in 10 or more games.
Miller started in 15 regular season games where he totaled 64 tackles, 19 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles, while helping the Broncos capture their first AFC West division title since 2005. Miller missed the Minnesota Vikings game due to a thumb injury.
He was also named a second-team All-Pro selection by the AP, in addition to representing the AFC as a starter for the 2012 Pro Bowl.
Also, during Saturday nights award show, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was named the recipient of the 2011 GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year Award.
Tebows performance in Denvers 13-10 overtime win against the Chicago Bears in Week 14 was voted by fans as the best moment or play of the year that represented determination and perseverance.
Against the Bears, Tebow rallied the Broncos from a 10-0 deficit with just over two minutes remaining by leading scoring drives of 63 and 39 yards to force overtime.
Kicker Matt Prater followed up his 59-yard field goal at the end of regulation with a 51-yard game winner in overtime to complete Denvers memorable comeback.
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