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Super Bowl MVP Von Miller: Wouldn't be here without Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith

Fact: Richard Smith's DVR is full of Bachelor reruns

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Von Miller and the Denver Broncos defensive front absolutely terrorized Cam Newton last night. Miller absolutely dominated, making Cam look liked a scared junior varsity backup. (And for that, I'll be eternally grateful.) But despite all the hype surrounding the best linebacker in the NFL, he hasn't forgotten his roots.

According to the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter, Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith holds a special place in Miller's heart.

"I can remember the first coaches that believed in me; coach (John) Fox and coach (Richard) Smith," Miller said. "If it wasn't for coach Smith and coach Fox - those guys are no longer with us - but if it wasn't for those guys instilling what it means to play in the National Football League, I probably wouldn't be here today."

Man, wouldn't it be neat if Miller ended up in Atlanta? Not so fast. There's two good reasons you shouldn't read into these comments. First, the Broncos are going to hit Miller with the franchise tag in the near future. Second, given that Miller wants to be the highest paid defensive player in the league, the Falcons would need to pay him approximately $20 million a year, which isn't going to happen.

In short, Miller won't be playing for the Falcons anytime soon. But heck, at least he complimented our defensive coordinator! [grabs bottle of Jack Daniels]