Mike Miller has set a new CFL special teams record. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers special teams ace registered two special teams tackles in his teams 30-23 loss to the Toronto Argonauts in week 3 of the 2021 CFL season.
Those two tackles took him to 191 for his career. One more than the previous record holder, former BC Lion Jason Arakgi. In the last full CFL season, (2019), Miller had already moved past Blue Bombers’ team president Wade Miller into second place on the CFL’s all-time special teams tackles list.
He was pretty modest about it. And more focused on the result. Over on the Blue Bombers site he had this to say, “Obviously I was looking for the ‘W’ today,” said Miller. “I was just trying to do my part again today and just happened to have a few plays come my way and make a few tackles today to get the record.”
Miller, who has been in the CFL since 2011 is in his fourth season in Winnipeg. Before that he spent six seasons with Edmonton.
A two time Grey Cup champion, Miller has had a pretty successful career in the CFL. Not bad for someone who started out as an undrafted free agent.
Miller is already a record holder. This after he tied a CFL record with seven special-teams tackles in a win over Ottawa on July 5th 2019. The last full CFL season also saw him runner up for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player. He was nominated to the West Division and CFL Players’ Association All-Star Teams
As well as being named Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Canadian, Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Special Teams Player, and West Division Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.
Having played in 161 regular season games he has been steadily amassing the special teams hits. Since signing in Winnipeg he has not missed a single game for the Blue Bombers. And has 75 special teams tackles in 57 games with the team.
It is always nice to see special teams players getting some recognition. Miller has been a tackling spearhead in the CFL since 2011. But because he’s on special teams he isn’t necessarily a household name. He may not be the first name that comes to mind as a CFL star. But Miller is one of the best there is at his position. And now he has the record to back up that claim.
There seems little doubt he will add to the record as the season moves on.
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