Denver Broncos star outside linebacker Von Miller has been diagnosed with COVID-19 amidst the raging 2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States. He told 9NEWS, the local Denver NBC television station, on April 16 about his positive diagnosis and is now in self-isolation in accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s guidelines.
Miller is the first players from the Broncos organization to be diagnosed with the virus. According to the organization’s statement, the linebacker is “doing well and recovering at home in self-isolation”. His diagnosis came only a day after Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen tested positive for the coronavirus as well.
Miller, drafted by the Broncos second overall in 2011, is an eight-time Pro Bowler and a seven-time All-Pro selection, as well as the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He won Super Bowl 50 with the team and took home the Super Bowl MVP award in Denver’s 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers. In that game, Miller had six tackles, 2.5 sacks, and forced two fumbles.
According to ESPN, the Broncos organization made Miller’s diagnosis public in the statement in order to emphasize the need for people to take precautions, such as social distancing and staying home, so the so-called “curve” of case numbers flattens, as well as to demonstrate how anyone, regardless of age or health, can get the disease.
The United States leads the world in both confirmed cases and deaths from the virus, and most sports leagues accordingly have shut down their operations. The NFL, however, is in its offseason and is expected to run on its normal schedule for the 2020 season, although just like every other sports league, this could very possibly change depending on the pandemic’s duration. The 2020 NFL draft, originally scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, will now be conducted virtually.
In his interview with 9News, Miller said he doesn’t feel sick or pain. “I’m in good spirits. I’m still Von,” he told the radio station.