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Von Miller changes annual pass rush summit into all-virtual event this year

Von Miller has hosted an annual pass rush summit for the past three summers, but the fourth edition of the event will be an all-virtual one due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Denver Broncos star and three-time First-Team All-Pro sack machine announced the details on social media, noting that it will be held Thursday, June 25.

“Let’s link and learn,” Miller writes while suggesting pass rushers from the pro and college ranks direct message him to make arrangements.

Miller has recruited the likes of Khalil Mack, Aaron Donald, Calais Campbell, Melvin Ingram and other NFL pass-rushing standouts to previous iterations of the annual event. Miller touted the summit as a “great space that we can go talk about knowledge and share knowledge” during the inaugural event in 2017.

The annual summit is not without some controversy, however. In 2019, Mike Florio and Chris Simms of NBC Sports criticized the event, with Florio wondering how members of the Broncos offense feel about Miller sharing his pass-rushing secrets. Simms agreed by stating “there’s no way I’m going anywhere and sharing some of my tricks … or some of the things I do special with everybody else.”

As far as why this year’s summit will be all-virtual is concerned, it merits noting that Miller understands firsthand the potentially devastating impacts of contracting COVID-19. The Broncos star tested positive for the coronavirus in April, and he described the harrowing experience that followed as “frightening.”