On August 21st, Mike Miller became the CFL’s all-time leader in special teams tackles with 191. He surpassed the previous record of 190, set by former BC Lions linebacker Jason Arakgi. Miller, who is a fullback, has played in the CFL since 2011. He spent his first six seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos (now the Elks) before signing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2017.
Miller has always been effective in his role, as he also holds the record for most special teams tackles in a single game with 7. This record was set back in 2019. Now, in 2021, Miller has made his mark as one of the greatest special teams players in CFL history.
Miller was born in Riverview, New Brunswick. He played CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) football at Acadia University from 2007 to 2010, and signed with Edmonton as an undrafted free agent. During his time at Acadia, Miller was a defensive back. He was moved to linebacker in his first CFL season, and moved again to fullback three years later (2014). In 2015, he won the 103rd Grey Cup with Edmonton. Miller also won a second Grey Cup (107th) as a member of the Blue Bombers in 2019.
Miller is currently on a one-year deal for the 2021 season, and now that he’s 32, his time in the CFL could soon be over. If that ends up being the case, Miller’s impact on the league will not be forgotten.
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