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Broncos, Briefly: Friday, Dec. 20, 2019

If the Broncos are to break their four-year playoff drought in 2020, all-pro linebacker Von Miller wants to be a part of it.

"I'm tied to the Denver Broncos," he said Thursday. "It's pro sports and we all know things can change, but for me and my mindset, it's a marriage I'm not looking forward to divorcing anytime soon."

The Hall of Fame itself picked the NFL's 100th season to open its doors a little wider for those who are generally considered deserving of bronzed immortality but have so far fallen short of election.

Former Broncos head coach Dan Reeves and linebacker Randy Gradishar have never been closer to having their busts bronzed – yet they also understand they shouldn't set appointments with a sculptor.

The Year 2 Leap is a bar most players are unable to fully attain, let alone exceed. Yet — despite a Pro Bowl snub that still stings — Sutton seemed to transform overnight from an athletic rookie into a dynamic pro, with an ability so rare he has already put opponents on notice.

His passion for football has never left. But for the first time, Von is noticing his age. He woke up this season and realized organically that he is no longer the kid in the room. He's a man. He's 30. And he's talking to younger players like DeMarcus Ware, Champ Bailey and others once spoke to him.

"I get all speechy all the time now. I have all type of sayings and all type of speeches for all the guys now," Miller said, noting he understands the nuance of leadership more now.

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