Von Miller calls Tom Brady the G.O.A.T. It’s why he can’t wait to face the 40-year-old.

Von Miller calls Tom Brady the G.O.A.T. It’s why he can’t wait to face the 40-year-old.

The answer was an acronym for Von Miller.

Does facing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady get the juices flowing for the Broncos’ all-pro passer rusher?

You betcha.

“I mean, he’s the G.O.A.T.,” Miller said, providing the shorthand for “greatest of all time.”

“I’m going against the G.O.A.T. There’s two types of emotions you can have going against the best. You can have the emotion of, ‘Oh, man. This guy is great. He’s going to do this. He’s going to do that.’ Then you go into the game expecting that.

“Or you can have the emotion of, ‘I’m going against the best. I’m going to go out there and play lights out so I can show everybody what we’re about, show everybody that we are great, too.’ That has been my mentality since 2011, when I came into the National Football League.”

Miller has faced Brady eight times and has sacked him 7½ times. That includes one of Miller’s signature career performances in the AFC championship game Jan. 24, 2016. He sacked Brady 2½ times in that game, a preview of his Super Bowl MVP performance against the Panthers two weeks later.

Miller has long been clear in his admiration for Brady, and the matchup between the two has often represented the game within the game when the two AFC powers collide.

“Miller can do it all,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in a conference call with media.  “He can play the run. He’s a great edge-setter. He’s a great speed rusher with a good counter move. He’s seen double-teams and stuff like that and knows how to deal with them. He has a good inside spin and can get away from those types of techniques. He’s as good of a player as there is in the league.”

The same can be said for Brady if you ask Miller or just about any other player in the locker room. But don’t count cornerback Chris Harris Jr. as one of those surprised that Brady is still leading the NFL in passing yards (2,541) at 40 years old.

“He sees everything and he knows everything is coming,” Harris said. “He’s always looking to pass instead of run, so you always have to be on your man and expect him to get the ball down the field. But it’s crazy. It looks like he’s getting more mobile.”

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