Super Bowl hero Von Miller of the Denver Broncos has tested positive for the coronavirus after having come down with flu-like symptoms, the player and the team stated Thursday.
Miller, 31, a superstar linebacker, “elected to share his diagnosis publicly to emphasize that anyone can be afflicted with coronavirus,” according to a team statement.
“It’s true,” Miller told NBC affiliate KUSA of Denver. “I’ve just been here in the crib, and I started to get a little cough. You know, I have asthma, and I started getting a little cough a couple days ago. My girlfriend, she told me when I was asleep, she said, my cough, it didn’t sound normal.”
Miller stated he’s still in a good mood and not in any obvious pain.
“I’m not sure what’s going on, but I tell you what, I’m in good spirits. I’m still Von,” he told KUSA. “I’m not feeling sick or hurting or anything like that.”
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The Broncos stated he’s the first person in their organization to have tested positive for the virus.
“Von is doing well and recovering at home in self-isolation,” the team said. “He remains under the care of team doctors, who are following all coronavirus treatment procedures to ensure a safe environment for Von and our community.”
Miller is among only a handful of defensive players ever to win the Most Valuable Player award in pro football’s ultimate game, leading his Broncos to a 24-10 triumph over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016.
Miller was asked April 6 how he was adjusting his offseason schedule, given the restrictions of Colorado’s stay-at-home guidelines. He gave no indication that he was ill, said he felt good about his offseason and said he had canceled his travel plans for the foreseeable future, including a trip to the Kentucky Derby.
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