ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller has received plenty of instruction over the years from DeMarcus Ware, his idol-turned-mentor in Denver when they won a Super Bowl together and now his tutor as a part-time pass-rushing consultant for the Broncos.
Now, Miller’s the one giving Ware some pointers, not on the football field but on the dance floor.
Ware is going to compete on “Dancing with the Stars” this fall.
That’s something Miller did in the spring of 2016 while basking in the attention that came his way following his Super Bowl MVP performance.
Miller said Thursday that Ware confided in him a while back that he was going to be on the show this fall.
“So, I’ve been kind of giving him pointers,” Miller said. “I’ve been telling him what I wish I would have done and some of the stuff that I picked up on that would have made my stay on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ better. I gave those pointers to DeMarcus and he’ll be great with those.”
Miller and his partner, Witney Carson, were eliminated in Week 7 about midway through the spring season in 2016.
Miller likes Ware’s chances to make it a lot farther, suggesting his movie star looks and charm will connect with viewers.
“It’s not all about dancing,” Miller said. “DeMarcus, he needs to show that personality. He has to make people laugh, have a story and a connection with the fans. I know he’s going to be able to do that, so he’ll have a great stand.”
Miller said he still keeps in touch with Carson.
“I talked to Witney two days ago, on Tuesday. She introduced me to her new dance partner and told me that DeMarcus was with Lindsay (Arnold) and who was I going to vote for?” Miller recounted.
“So, obviously I had to lie and say I was going to vote for Witney when obviously I’m going to vote for DeMarcus,” Miller added with a laugh.
“No, I’m going to vote for both. I can vote for both.”
Notes: The Broncos juggled their practice squad, re-signing WR/KR Isaiah McKenzie and releasing fellow 2017 draft pick Carlos Henderson, a third-round WR who skipped training camp because of undisclosed personal reasons.
By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer
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