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Von Miller credits ‘Dancing with the Stars’ for strong start

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Von Miller is off to one of the best starts of his NFL career. And he credits competing on “Dancing with the Stars” during the offseason as the primary reason.

The Denver Broncos linebacker specifically cited intense and lengthy practices with dance partner Witney Carson as the impetus to a newfound aspiration for consistency.

“Some of the practice I had with Witney is definitely paying off,” Miller said, via The Denver Post. “I’ve never put six hours into one thing every single day. Not even football. We practice for two hours. It made me consistent. It made me have to come to work every single day and be consistent, and work on something that I wasn’t really good at.

“The work that you put in to be a great dancer has a direct correlation to the work that you have to put in to be a good football player.”

What Miller suggests seems to be the case. He already has amassed four sacks along with a forced fumble while contributing 10 total tackles during the Broncos’ 2-0 start. And all this was achieved despite a protracted contract stalemate that kept him out of the Broncos’ offseason program.

While the hard work on the dance floor is paying dividends for Miller on the gridiron so far this season, it unfortunately didn’t help his standing on “DWTS.” Miller and Carson were booted during a double elimination, finishing in eighth place.

Perhaps Miller’s penchant for passing gas — something Carson apparently was levying a $100 fine for each instance — had something to do with their sudden exit.