Braxton Miller Captures Chicago Tribune Silver Football

By Jason Priestas on December 6, 2012 at 11:49p

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has won the 2012 Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten's MVP as voted on by league coaches.

Forget trying to reconcile the fact that the same coaches couldn't see fit to put Miller on the conference's first-team offense; now is a time to celebrate.

Braxton Miller wanted to play pickup basketball, but the big kids in his Ohio neighborhood said no.

So he protested by taking a seat in the middle of the court. Wouldn't budge. His father, Kevin, finally grabbed him by the arm and pulled him away. He was 4.

Nine years later, Miller got his revenge. He slammed one so ferociously, he took down the rim.

"He was dunking in the seventh grade — in games," Kevin said.

Here's another tale from Braxton's youth: He was playing kickball when his sister, Bailey, hit him with the ball.

"Braxton chased her around the yard for 10 minutes," Kevin recalled.

The stories speak to Miller's being a ferocious competitor — and a remarkable athlete. So remarkable that despite being an unpolished sophomore, he has won the 2012 Chicago Tribune Silver Football, awarded to the Big Ten's best player in a vote of the conference's head coaches.

Miller becomes the 16th winner for Ohio State (Archie snagged two of them, so the Buckeyes have had 15 individuals capture the award), joining recent stars Troy Smith (2006), Joe Germaine (1998), Orlando Pace (1996), Eddie George (1995), Keith Byars (1984) and Archie Griffin (1973 and 1974).

Miller finished with 2,039 yards and 15 touchdowns through the air and another 1,271 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground in leading the Buckeyes to an undefeated season.


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Kevbo714's picture

I can't wait to see how high the ceiling is for him as the Buckeye QB... Much deserved

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

703Buckeye's picture

Yay for a good gray box! Hopefully there will be some more from recruiting starting tomorrow!

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

highwire's picture

Proud to have Braxton as our field general...congratulations!

Baroclinicity's picture

Has this ever happened before, where the winner of the Silver Football did not earn first team honors?

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

BlueBayou's picture

Yes it has.  In 2010 Denard Robinson won the Silver Football but was only an Honorable Mention for the Coaches' team.

KillerNut's picture

These stories are why I want brax as a Brown when he leaves OSU. I never ever ever ever want to have too root against this guy

JozyMozy's picture

Feels good, man. 

CowCat's picture

Great kid all around. We are so fortunate to have him.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

Tim's picture

Good for Braxton to get some recognition.  Can't wait to see what he does to opposing defenses next season...

bcarp87's picture

This is why coaches shouldn't vote on things.

BoFuquel's picture


I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Buckeye1036's picture

Glad he won some award.  Last night Fowler looked at him and just looked away twice.  No love for the Buckeyes nationally.

MediBuck's picture

Thank God someone in the world has their head screwed on correctly. If they were going to vote Martinez after that toilet fire of a B1G championship, I was going to have to make some nasty personal visits to certain voters' places of residence.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes