Jim Miller (quarterback)

Last updated

Jim Miller
Jim Miller QB 2010.jpg
Miller in 2010
No. 16, 15, 13
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1971-02-09) February 9, 1971 (age 50)
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Waterford (MI) Kettering
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1994  / Round: 6 / Pick: 178
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD–INT:36–31
Yards:6,387
QB Rating:75.2
Player stats at NFL.com

James Donald Miller (born February 9, 1971) is a host on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and a former NFL quarterback (1994–2005), best known for his years with the Chicago Bears (1998–2002). Following his professional football career, Miller has worked as a football analyst on radio and television.

Contents

Early years

Miller attended Waterford Kettering High School in Waterford, Michigan, and graduated in 1989. He started as the Captain's varsity quarterback his sophomore year and held that position through his senior year.[ citation needed ] Miller also played baseball and basketball. [1]

College career

Miller was a starting quarterback for the Michigan State Spartans for three years, beginning as a sophomore. [2] As a senior, he led the 1993 Spartans to a 6–5 regular season record, and a berth in the Liberty Bowl, which they lost to Louisville, 18–7. He finished with a final record of 14–24, [ citation needed ] and passed for a total of 5037 yards. [3] Miller then played in the 1994 Senior Bowl, passing for 75 yards (7-for-10) and one interception. [4]

Professional career

Miller was drafted in the 6th round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, 178th overall. He broke a thumb in training camp, and missed most of the 1994 season. [5] In the spring of 1995, while still under contract with the Steelers, Miller was assigned to the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League of American Football in order to get playing time; he played briefly with the Galaxy before suffering a wrist injury. [5] Miller later appeared in a total of five games with the Steelers, who released him prior to the 1997 regular season. [6] During the 1997 season, Miller was briefly with the Jacksonville Jaguars, [7] [8] before joining the Atlanta Falcons [9] — he did not appear in a game for either team. Miller next signed with the Detroit Lions in March 1998, but was released by the team in August, prior to the start of the regular season. [10] [11] He then nearly had a contract with the Dallas Cowboys, however the Cowboys changed their mind when Mike Quinn became available. [12] [13] In December 1998, Miller signed with the Chicago Bears, following a season-ending injury to Erik Kramer. [14]

It was not until 1999, in his second year with the Bears, that Miller earned a starting job. That promising season was cut short for Miller when he became the first quarterback to be suspended by the NFL for violation of its substance abuse policy. Miller contended he did not read the label on an over-the-counter dietary supplement containing the steroid nandrolone, a banned substance under the NFL's drug policy. [15] He was suspended for four games at the end of the 1999 season and lost about $100,000 in pay.

Upon his return, Miller became established as the starter for the Bears' brief playoff run in 2001, their first berth since 1994. With the second-best record in the NFC and tied for the second-best record in the NFL along with the Pittsburgh Steelers at 13–3, the Chicago Bears were awarded a first-round bye. This was due in large part to the Bears top-ranked defense as well as the ball control offense Miller led. On January 19, 2002, the Chicago Bears met the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Playoffs with Miller as quarterback. The Eagles were ahead 6–0 early in the second quarter when Miller threw an interception; during the runback, Eagles' defensive end Hugh Douglas delivered a hit to Miller that resulted in a separated shoulder; Douglas was later fined $35,000 by the NFL. [16] [17] Miller had passed for only 23 yards (3-for-5, with 1 interception) in what was his lone playoff appearance, and Shane Matthews, who replaced Miller for the rest of the game, only passed for 66 yards (8-for-17, with 2 interceptions), as the Bears lost to the Eagles, 33–19. [18]

Miller lost his position as starting quarterback in 2002. Although he did not make a pass attempt thereafter, he received a Super Bowl ring as the backup quarterback for the 2004 New England Patriots. [19] Before the 2005 season, Miller signed with the New York Giants, but was released after having hip surgery and receiving an injury settlement. [20]

NFL career stats

NFL
YearTeamGPAttCmpPctYdsTDIntRtg
1995 PIT 3563257.13972553.9
1996 PIT 2251352.01230065.9
1999 CHI 517411063.21,2427683.5
2000 CHI 3824757.33821168.2
2001 CHI 1439522857.72,299131074.9
2002 CHI 1031418057.31,94413977.5
Career [21] 371,04661058.36,387363175.2
WLAF
YearTeamGPAttCmpPctYdsTDIntRtg
1995 FRA [22] 432353.52361189.6

Broadcasting career

Jim Miller (right) with J. J. Watt (center) and co-host Pat Kirwan, 2019 Pat Kirwan, JJ Watt, Jim Miller, Feb 2019.jpg
Jim Miller (right) with J. J. Watt (center) and co-host Pat Kirwan, 2019

Miller served as the color commentator for Michigan State football radio broadcasts and hosted the weekly post-game call-in show from 2006 until he took a communications position with the Bears in 2013; he was replaced by Jason Strayhorn. [23] Miller currently serves as a studio analyst on Bears Postgame Live for NBC Sports Chicago, having replaced former Bears legend Richard Dent in 2007. [24] Miller is the current co-host of "Movin' the Chains" along with Pat Kirwan on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Channel 88. [25] Miller and Kirwan are featured as analysts in Longshot, a story mode within Madden NFL 18 . [26]

Related Research Articles

Jim McMahon American football quarterback

James Robert McMahon Jr. is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons, most notably with the Chicago Bears. He played college football at Brigham Young University, where he was a two-time All-American and later a 1998 inductee of the College Football Hall of Fame. Due to his collegiate success, McMahon was selected by the Bears fifth overall in the 1982 NFL Draft.

Donovan McNabb American football quarterback

Donovan Jamal McNabb is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons, primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles. Before his NFL career, he played football and basketball for Syracuse University. The Eagles selected him with the second overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft, and McNabb went on to play 11 seasons with the team, followed by a year each with the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings.

Kordell Stewart is a former American football player who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons, primarily with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Colorado where he achieved recognition for the "Miracle at Michigan", a Hail Mary pass he completed to defeat Michigan in 1994. Nicknamed "Slash", Stewart was selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 1995 NFL draft.

Matt Hasselbeck American football quarterback

Matthew Michael Hasselbeck is a former American football quarterback and current analyst for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. He played college football at Boston College and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. After a season on the practice squad and two seasons backing up Brett Favre, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2001, where he spent the majority of his career. Hasselbeck led Seattle to six playoff appearances, including a Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2005 season. He was selected to three Pro Bowls in his career. Hasselbeck also played for the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts.

Aaron Rodgers American football quarterback

Aaron Charles Rodgers is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Rodgers played college football for the California Golden Bears, where he set several career passing records, including lowest single-season and career interception rates. He was selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Packers.

Jim Harbaugh American football player and coach

James Joseph Harbaugh is an American football coach and former quarterback, who is the current head football coach of the Michigan Wolverines. He played college football at Michigan from 1983 to 1986 and played in the National Football League (NFL) for 14 seasons from 1987 to 2000. He then served as the head coach of the San Diego Toreros (2004–2006), the Stanford Cardinal (2007–2010), and the NFL's San Francisco 49ers (2011–2014). In 2015, Harbaugh returned to his alma mater, Michigan.

Michael John Tomczak is a former American football player. Tomczak played quarterback for several NFL teams from 1985 through 1999, including the Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers, the Cleveland Browns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League until 2014 when they ceased operations. He is of Polish descent.

Charlie Batch American football quarterback


Charles D'Donte Batch is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft and played 15 seasons in the NFL, most of it as a backup with his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, with whom he earned two Super Bowl rings. He played college football at Eastern Michigan.

Brad Johnson (American football) American football quarterback

James Bradley Johnson is a former American football quarterback. During his 15-year career in the National Football League (NFL), Johnson played for the Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Dallas Cowboys. He is perhaps best known for his time with the Buccaneers, whom he led to their Super Bowl XXXVII title over the Oakland Raiders.

Jay Cutler American football quarterback

Jay Christopher Cutler is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons, primarily with the Chicago Bears. He played college football at Vanderbilt and was selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft, whom he was a member of for three seasons. In 2009, he was traded to the Bears, where he played eight seasons. After being released by Chicago in 2017, Cutler initially retired to become a sportscaster for NFL on Fox's television broadcasts, but returned for one more season with the Miami Dolphins. He retired a second and final time following the 2017 season.

Matthew Nagy is an American football coach and former arena football quarterback who is currently the head coach for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL).

Charles Wade Wilson was an American football coach and previously a quarterback who played for the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders in a seventeen-year career from 1981 to 1998 in the National Football League (NFL). He was quarterbacks coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 2000 to 2002 and from 2007 to 2017 and the Chicago Bears from 2004 to 2006. He played college football for East Texas State University, where he was an NAIA All-American Quarterback and led the Lions to the NAIA national semifinals during the 1980 season.

Todd Collins (quarterback) American football quarterback

Todd Steven Collins is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 1995 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan.

Matt Ryan (American football) American football quarterback

Matthew Thomas Ryan is an American football quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He has played thirteen seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, who selected him third overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. After playing college football for Boston College, Ryan was drafted by the Falcons with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

The 2001 Chicago Bears season was their 82nd regular season and 23rd postseason completed in the National Football League. The team finished with a 13–3 record under head coach Dick Jauron en route to an NFC Central title and the number two seed in the NFC. With former 1st round pick Cade McNown being traded during training camp, the Bears were led by Jim Miller. The team had five comeback wins during the season, including two straight improbable wins where safety Mike Brown returned an interception for the game-winning touchdown in overtime. However, the Bears were upset at home by the Philadelphia Eagles 33–19 in the NFC Divisional playoffs.

Charles London is an American football coach and former player who is the quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL).

Kirk Cousins American football quarterback

Kirk Daniel Cousins is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan State and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft as a backup to fellow rookie Robert Griffin III. Cousins occasionally appeared in games during his first three seasons before replacing Griffin following an injury in 2015, where he remained the team's starter until 2017. With the Washington football team, Cousins set numerous franchise records and was named to the 2017 Pro Bowl.

Nick Foles American football quarterback

Nicholas Edward Foles is an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Arizona and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Foles played his first game with the Eagles after Michael Vick became injured mid-way through the 2012 season, starting for the rest of the year. During a game in the 2013 season, he became the second quarterback to post a perfect passer rating (158.3) while passing for more than 400 yards and seven touchdowns. It was only the seventh time in NFL history that a quarterback threw for seven touchdowns in a single game.

Brandon Boykin American football cornerback

Brandon Boykin is a former American football cornerback. He played college football at Georgia and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens throughout his career.

Mitchell Trubisky American football quarterback

Mitchell David Trubisky is an American football quarterback for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Carolina and was drafted second overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2017 NFL Draft.

References

  1. Caputo, Pat (July 29, 2012). "After Waterford Kettering, MSU and playing in NFL, Jim Miller still making his football mark". The Oakland Press . Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  2. Ebling, Jack (October 1, 1991). "QB or not QB". Lansing State Journal . Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  3. "Jim Miller". Sports Reference . Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  4. "Miller sees duty in Senior Bowl". Lansing State Journal . January 24, 1994. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  5. 1 2 "Steelers QB hurt in World League". News Record. North Hills, Pennsylvania. April 25, 1995. Retrieved January 28, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  6. "Pittsburgh cuts backup QB Miller". Daily Press . Newport News, Virginia. August 24, 1997. Retrieved January 28, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  7. Ferguson, Doug (September 3, 1997). "Johnson's status is up in air". Tallahassee Democrat . Tallahassee, Florida. Associated Press . Retrieved January 28, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  8. Ferguson, Doug (September 24, 1997). "QB-rich Jaguars release Miller". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Associated Press . Retrieved January 28, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  9. "Falcons sign Jim Miller". Lansing State Journal . October 28, 1997. Retrieved January 28, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  10. "Lions sign MSU's Miller as backup quarterback". Times Herald. Port Huron, Michigan. March 3, 1998. Retrieved January 28, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  11. "Around the NFL". Los Angeles Times . August 25, 1998. Retrieved January 28, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  12. "Cowboys sign quarterback Miller". The Monitor . McAllen, Texas. September 9, 1998. Retrieved January 28, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  13. "Miller paid". Albuquerque Journal . September 12, 1998. Retrieved January 28, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  14. "NFL". Detroit Free Press . December 2, 1998. Retrieved January 28, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  15. Isaacson, Melissa (December 1, 1999). "NFL suspends Bears QB". Chicago Tribune . Retrieved January 28, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  16. "2001 WK 19 NFC Division Playoff Philadelphia Eagles 12–5 @ Chicago Bears 13–3" via YouTube.
  17. "Hit on Miller costs $35,000". The Dispatch . Moline, Illinois. Associated Press. January 24, 2002. Retrieved January 28, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  18. "Eagles Playoff Replay (box score)". The News Journal . Wilmington, Delaware. January 20, 2002. Retrieved January 28, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  19. Fitzgerald, Joe (January 28, 2018). "Fitzgerald: Behind Patriots success, there are some lessons to be learned". Boston Herald . Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  20. Altavilla, John (May 18, 2005). "QB Miller Released By Giants". Hartford Courant . Hartford, Connecticut. Associated Press . Retrieved January 28, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  21. "Jim Miller Stats". pro-football-reference.com.
  22. "Jim Miller Statistics". justsportsstats.com. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  23. Charboneau, Matt (May 16, 2013). "Michigan State radio analyst Jim Miller takes job with Bears". The Detroit News . Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  24. Jim Miller's profile at ESPN.com
  25. "SiriusXM NFL Radio – Shows". siriusxm.com. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  26. Vazquez, Suriel (September 4, 2017). "Madden 18's Longshot Made Me Care About Football". Game Informer . Retrieved September 5, 2017.

Further reading