The 2011 NFL Draft has been all about the pass rusher. Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt could finish first, second and third for defensive player of the year.
Miller the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft told Lindsay Jones of USA TODAY that he and fellow defensive rookies drafted that year talked about playing with each other one day.
"Me, Marcell Dareus and Aldon Smith, we talked about doing the whole LeBron, Wade and Bosh thing," referring to the Miami Heat's trio. "We talked about doing that somewhere down the line."
This season Watt, who was drafted No. 11, leads the league with 20.5 sacks while Smith, drafted No. 7, has 19 and Miller has 17.5.
Miller, whose not rooting against Watt as he wore a bracelet last season supporting Watt's charity, wants Smith to break Michael Strahan's sacks record of 22.5, set in 2001.
"I'm hoping he can get there. Last year, he had a shot at the rookie record, too. I think he'll finish stronger this year," Miller said. "I know that if I keep playing the type of football I've been playing, if I keep working, I'll have more chances at it. I had a chance at it this year, but you've got to turn pressures into sacks."
Miller told Jones he texts Smith regulary about his sacks.
"Miller said he sent Smith a text message last month to brag after a three-sack game against the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 18. The next night, Smith brought down Chicago Bears quarterback Jason Campbell 5½ times on Monday Night Football."
"That's what I get for texting him first," Miller said, laughing.