Denver Broncos star outside linebacker Von Miller returns this week after serving a six-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.
What did he learn from the NFL punishment?
“I feel like I have matured,” Miller told the Denver Post. “Some guys have a lifetime to mature. I think I have matured in the six weeks, eight weeks, 10-week span faster than most guys.
“Still, every single day is a challenge. It's not just the big things like traffic citations. It's waking up with the alarm clock. It's the constant grind with procrastination.”
And is he ready to play?
“I still move like a wildcat,” Miller said. “I'm still quick. I'm still going to cover guys. I'm in the best shape of my life. Emotionally I'm in a very good place. Nutrition, I've stepped it up. Usually during the season you get away from it because everything is moving so fast.”
Does he have an issue with drugs?
“I don't have a substance-abuse problem,” he said. “I feel like I've definitely made some mistakes in the past. I can't shy away from that. But I'm working hard to fix it. I'm working hard to gain everybody's trust back. All I can ask is people judge me from my actions going forward. I'm working hard to gain trust back. I'm very confident I'll be able to do that.”
Miller allegedly tried to cheat the system through the help of a specimen collector.
“I can't go back and defend something that was in the past,” Miller said. “I've already served my suspension. I've already started to do everything to keep forward. I apologize for all the troubles or pain I've given Broncos fans or anybody who is close to me. Nobody feels worse about this than me. The good thing about it is I have an opportunity to fix all this stuff.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.