DENVER – Saturday’s matchup between the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns was a tough one to watch for Broncos fans.
But something good did come from the game–despite the Broncos losing 17-16, and being eliminated from playoff consideration.
Outside linebacker Von Miller broke the Broncos all-time sack record.
Sack #98 came in the 3rd quarter of Saturday night’s game, when Miller ran right through the Browns O-Line and took down Baker Mayfield.
He has officially surpassed Broncos Ring of Famer Simon Fletcher, who held the previous record at 97.5 sacks on the all-time list.
Fletcher was the first one to congratulate him. He was at Broncos Stadium at Mile High Saturday night and made a video while the game was still going on.
“I had an idea you’d get it done this year. Congratulations. I’m proud of you, as all your teammates who have ever worn the orange and blue,” Fletcher said.
“Great job and way to hold up the Pat Bowlen standard of play,” he added.
“Simon and I have been buddies for five or six years now. He drove all the way down from Wyoming to see it, so it was incredible to have that type of support from a Broncos legend,” 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,” he added.
Even though the Broncos have been eliminated from playoff consideration this season, Miller says there’s still goals to be achieved in the next two weeks.
“We’ve still got a lot to play for. [OLB] Bradley [Chubb], he’s a couple of plays away from breaking the rookie sack record. We’re still playing great defense. We let a couple of runs spread out on us, but we’ve still got a lot to play for,” Miller said.
The Broncos are on the road next week, and will play the Raiders–in Oakland–on Christmas Eve.