For 89 years, the Chicago Tribune has handed out the Silver Football to the college football player determined to be the best player from the Big Ten Conference.
For the second season in a row, Braxton Miller is that player.
The Ohio State quarterback captured 2013 Silver Football, earning votes from nine of the 12 league coaches. In doing so, he joins Ohio State's Archie Griffin (1973-74), Indiana's Anthony Thompson (1988-89) and Minnesota's Paul Giel (1952-53) as the only two-time winners of the award. Should Miller choose to return for his senior season, there's a pretty good chance he could become the only three-time winner.
Miller threw for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns and had a career-best 63 percent completion rate. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards and an additional 10 touchdowns. Last week, Miller was named the Big Ten's offensive player of the year and quarterback of the year for a second straight season.
Among the topics Miller discussed were his NFL prospects, which is at the forefront of discussions for many Ohio State fans.
“It’s tough; I just don’t know. I’ve really got to sit down and go through the pros and cons. I’ll talk to my parents, take it slow. Hopefully ball out on January 3rd and see what the scouts are looking at.”
Here's just one of the many plays that earned Miller the Silver Football.