Wichita Falls District Judge Barney Fudge was justifiably proud of the role two former Texas A&M Aggies played in Super Bowl 50 last night, Sunday, February 7, 2016 south of San Francisco televised nationally by CBS Sports. Denver Bronco linebacker Von Miller was named Most Valuable Player as his team upset favored Carolina, 24-10. Before he was a Bronco, Miller was an All-American at the judge’s beloved alma mater Texas A&M.
Judge Fudge reminded the Examiner today, Monday, February 8, 2016 that Denver head coach Gary Kubiak is also an Aggie. Kubiak was an outstanding quarterback at College Station before later playing quarterback for the Broncos during the same time John Elway did. Elway and Kubiak reportedly became close during their time together with the Mile High team.
Judge Fudge further said today, “Did you see where Von Miller said ‘Gig ’em’ after the game Sunday?”
That expression is familiar to Texas A&M fans as an Aggie slogan. Miller reached out to former Aggie teammate Johnny Manziell after the game offering him encouragement via a tweet.
ESPN’s Herm Edwards said today that Von Miller will now be the face of the Broncos since the legendary Peyton Manning is expected to retire from football at age 39. He has survived several serious injuries during an extraordinary career which included two Super Bowl victories and five appearances in the ultimate game.
Edwards’ assessment of Miller as the new face of the Broncos is largely based on the fact the Denver defense virtually shut down the high-powered Panther offense with Cam Newton at the helm. Miller had an outstanding game with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles which were critical in halting the vaunted Panther offense. Miller becomes only the fourth linebacker to be named Most Valuable Player in a Super Bowl.
Judge Fudge was a vocal supporter of Von Miller back in the day when the Aggie star player was ravaging opposing college teams with his blinding speed and hard tackling. The judge of the 78th District Court proved to be an accurate forecaster of Miller’s abilities at the NFL level as the talented linebacker broke the Broncos’ record for most sacks by a Denver player in a playoff run.
Stephen A. Smith of ESPN said today, “The Denver defense placed Panther quarterback Cam Newton under constant pressure. Cam looked beat up.”
Skip Bayless of ESPN said on First Take, “All we heard was Cam this, Cam that for two weeks. There just wasn’t respect for the Denver defense coming into this Super Bowl.”
Former Dallas Cowboy Demarcus Ware teamed up with Miller to create havoc in the offensive backfield of the Panthers. Miller made one of the biggest plays of the game when he reached out with his hand and knocked the football out of Newton’s hand before he could launch a pass. Miller’s play resulted in a fumble which the Broncos recovered deep in Panther territory.
Ironically, Miller was the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NFL draft while Newton was the first pick. But on this day the second pick was better than the first one as Miller led a stifling Denver defense which sacked the former Heisman Trophy seven times and created four turnovers which was just too much for the favored Panthers to overcome.
Miller’s modesty only increases his popularity. While some teammates were ready to proclaim this defense among the best in history, Miller was reluctant to do so. He said, “I mean, for me, I’m uncomfortable with comparisons. The game is the way it is because of the players that have come before us, the defenses like the Bears defense.”
Miller took the ball out of Newton’s hands the first time in the first half which the Broncos recovered for a touchdown. That play set the tone early in the game, and the Panthers were never able to recover.
Miller’s quintessential performance was perfectly timed for his financial future. He goes into the offseason as the most high profile free agent on the market. But Miller said pending negotiations with the Mile High management will be a “peaceful things.” Miller becomes an unrestricted free agent in March.
Judge Greg King of the County Court At Law #2 of Wichita County is also a Texas A&M graduate.
Judge Fudge further said today (Wednesday), “Von Miller was fun to watch play when he was at A&M and nothing has changed. The great athlete (powerful, quick, agile, and fast) put on a show in the AFC Championship Game and in the Super Bowl being MVP in both. He is an ambassador for Texas A&M, as is his Head Coach Gary Kubiak, a former Aggie quarterback.”