DENVER — In front of his home crowd, Von Miller became the Broncos' all-time leader in sacks.
Miller brought down Baker Mayfield on the final play of the third quarter to tally the 98th regular-season sack of his career on Sunday to move past Simon Fletcher on the Broncos’ career sack list and become the franchise’s all-time leader.
Fletcher had held the top spot on the franchise’s sack list for over 25 years. He set the new mark late in the 1993 season.
For years, though, he has said he hoped Miller would one day break his record — and he made sure to offer his congratulations once Miller finally did so on Sunday.
“It is my great pleasure to congratulate you on setting the new benchmark as the Denver Broncos’ reigning leader for quarterback sacks!” Fletcher said. “I can think of no one more deserving of this honor. It goes without saying that your work ethic, your commitment to the Colorado community, the way you both prepare for and play the game makes all who've ever worn the orange and blue extremely proud to have you as a teammate, brother and friend. I look forward to watching you play for years to come, as you add excitement to each Broncos contest. Congratulations, #58!"
Fletcher made the trip down from Wyoming to watch Miller break the streak, and he visited with Miller in the locker room after the game.
"I'm really good friends with Simon, and he's always been positive, supportive and pushing me on to break it," Miller said after the game. "Even when I had 30 sacks, he was pushing me on. It's a family over here, and it's an honor and a privilege for him to see me do it. He's been an idol of mine for a long time, and to break the record while he was here at home, it was good."
Miller now has 14.5 sacks on the season, the second highest single-season total of his career.