It didn’t make as many headlines as Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey, but Von Miller’s helmet worn on the big stage two seasons ago had also disappeared.
However, both items — including Brady’s Super Bowl XLIX jersey the year before that — were all stolen by the same person and recovered in the same place.
On March 20, the NFL confirmed it had found the items that were were in Mexico after being taken by Mauricio Ortega, a credentialed media member. At the time, the Denver Broncos suspected that the helmet belonged to Miller, but the authenticity had yet to be determined.
The former Texas A&M pass-rusher, who terrorized Cam Newton to earn MVP of Super Bowl LI, finally got around to picking it up.
— SportsDayHS (@SportsDayHS) April 19, 2017
On April 11, Miller told the Denver Post that he didn’t even realize the helmet was missing, but it should bring back very fond memories for Miller. He posted 2.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in leading the Broncos to a 24-10 win over the Panthers.
The only other defensive player to win the award since 2003 was Malcolm Smith of the Seattle Seahawks during the 2013 season.
Miller was taken second overall out of Texas A&M in the 2011 NFL Draft, one spot after Newton. Miller had 33 sacks and 50.5 tackles for loss at College Station while the program was competing in the Big 12.