Braxton Miller Graces Cover of the New Issue of Sports Illustrated

By Jason Priestas on February 26, 2013 at 11:07a
Braxton Miler on the Cover of the March 4, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is the star of a national cover for the March 4, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated, which hits newsstands Wednesday.

Senior writer Thomas Lake (@thomaslake) examines how Miller’s difficult childhood in Ohio, which included a family that dealt with financial problems and a case of domestic abuse on the day he committed to Ohio State, has helped him rise to stardom through hard work and determination.

That work ethic helped Miller have the best season in 2012 that no one paid attention to since the Buckeyes were not bowl eligible. However, this fall, Lake says: “Buckeye Nation will count on Miller to lead the program to its eighth national championship.” (PAGE 43)

Last season, Miller ran for 1,271 yards and 13 touchdowns. Says Ohio State lineman Jack Mewhort: “You know you’ve got a guy back there that’s straight out of a video game.”(PAGE 43)

However, he only completed 58% of his passes and ranked 43rd in pass efficiency. That’s why you’ll now find Miller spending hours in the film room and holding players-only practices with his teammates about five times a week this offseason.

Tom Herman, Ohio State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, believes Miller can improve his passing numbers. He tells Lake: “The guy can be as good as there ever was.” (PAGE 47)

Wonder how many of these will sell in Ohio?

Source: @AdamWidman_OSU


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jeremytwoface's picture

Nice... I'll have to pick one up.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

sharks's picture

Kate Upton is a hard act to follow though

A man got to have a code...

toad1204's picture

She lost some of her appeal when it was broadcast she's a corn and smurf fan.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

But not enough to where i'd ever turn her down.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

toad1204's picture

or kick her out of bed for eating crackers.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Depends on the crackers.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Urbstache's picture

I couldn't tell if this was real haha. Brax is "a dude", as Urban would say. 

Urban Warfare

Alice in Aggieland's picture

The Dude abides, man.
Now let's just hope he can escape the cover curse.

Jason Priestas's picture

Good catch. Thanks.

SI is saying that Miller is a national cover, so I'm guessing he'll be on covers everywhere outside of the Southeast.

Tommy's picture

SI's really been going hard with the customizing to each region lately.  I heard the Southeast one is all pictures, no words.

Kaceybrown's picture

This made me laugh. What about pop ups? Maybe some pictures that require u to look w the attached cardboard paper 3-d glasses too?

Idaho Helga's picture

With that comment, you might be in the running for "most upvotes ever".

ih8rolltyde's picture

The contest for Champion of the Internets has concluded. Collect your prizes at the door.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

WolverineKiller's picture


Just Win.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

So no Miller in Florida than?

Buckeyejason's picture

Uh oh, THE CURSE!!!
Nice cover though.


buckeyedude's picture

You're thinking of the Heisman. There isn't an SI cover curse, is there?



Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Heisman? Don't you mean Madden?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

dubjayfootball90's picture

I got excited because, at first glance, looked like Bmiller was stepping on a scUM bball player.... turns out it is just Marquette. kind of ruined my happiness, but still a sick cover.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

BrewstersMillions's picture

If its a saving grace, his right arm does appear primed to drop an elbow on the Michigan representative in that photo, who I believe is THJR....
So there's that.

Poison nuts's picture

Due to it being a regional cover, the laws of The Curse are broken & there will be no negative effects to come from this. Just a friendly note from a guy who knows about how curses work...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

doodah_man's picture

Whew!!! Glad we got that cleared up...thought we were screwed there for a sec...and it's only February...

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

Earle's picture

So, Poison, are you a voodoo priest or somethiing? Or just a big Harry Potter fan?
Not doubting your particular expertise in the suject matter, just curious as to how you acquired it. Enquiring minds want to know...

Snarkies gonna snark. 

Poison nuts's picture

Neither a voodoo priest or a Harry Potter fan...I am a founding member at the Institute of Curse Studies. We have determined that the SI curse is only relevant when the cover is national -- regional covers do not contain the necessary juju to make a binding curse..Aside from that, I can tell you no more, our methods are private, but rest assured, infallible.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Earle's picture

In other words, we can't handle the truth. Well, who am I to argue with science?

I can only assume that your organization has highly placed individuals in positions of influence throughout the world, and somehow is reponsible for the regional cover concept, thereby protecting Braxton from the curse.

On behalf of Buckeye fans everywhere, thank you for your service.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

Poison nuts's picture

You're welcome, it's our pleasure to serve.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Ohioste's picture

His eyes makes me think he's running away from Simon and Hankins during practice...

DefendOhio's picture

This just makes me want it to be September even more!

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

even July would be nice (ncaa14)

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

LuckyDAWG685's picture

it would as long as Detard isn't on the cover

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Block "O" 2012 season

OSUbucknut's picture

The Buckeyes need Braxton to stay healthy all year next season.  I hope they minimize his rushing attempts considering there will be a few more home run options such as Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson, Zeke Elliot & others.


XBrax = greater than March Madness (even SI acknowledges this, otherwise this story would've come out months ago)

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Jelligrim's picture

Why is Ted Valentine on the cover?  The headline is not the most egotistical ref in the NCAA, is it?

MediBuck's picture

So amped about next season. I'm glad someone in the media finally recognizes Miller's difficult background and resultant work effort. The personal battles these young men overcome, then the things they go on to achieve on the field is nothing short of unbelievable. No wonder we watch sports--there's your true inspiration right there.

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

gobucks96's picture

Thanks for that awesome link, atx...

Powers's picture

Pleased to see they didn't include the "How deep it went" cover

Phillips.449's picture

Unfortunately that has been fixed.

dubjayfootball90's picture

now that was awesome. I especially enjoyed Archie's cover

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

BuckeyeEmpire's picture

Thanks for the link up sir! Crazy to see all the different guys that have been on there.  The Cassady one is great artwork, especially for $0.25!


That whole link is like a Buckeye football time capsule. Totally awesome!

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Doc's picture

Looks totally sweet.  Can not wait for football!

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brumon's picture

I wonder how long until the Lansing State Journal says the only reason XBrax is on the cover is because of he's African American?

buckeyedude's picture

I'm buying at least two copies. One for home and a complimentary one for work, just to piss off the TTUN fans there.



kevinfrenchfry's picture

complete and utter #swaggernaut

TheBadOwl's picture

When does this hit shelves?

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Citrus's picture

I love the page 43 quote. Good as there has ever been? Gives me chills.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Let's party Buckeye Nation!!!!!!!!!!
Also, I will definitely be picking up this new issue. 

KCAlum's picture

I thought Sports Illustrated's  SEC edition was scratch 'n sniff only, no words printed at all.

Indy_Buck87's picture

The sec edition has pop ups and textured pages as well .  Like the image of the football feels like a real one and the picture of Saban feels slimey.   I got my 2 year a subscription he loves it. 

I know of only two things that are infinite, space and human stupidity.....and I'm not sure about space". Albert Einstein.

Photogoofer's picture

That's my shot on the cover :]. Took it at the UAB game this past season. It's actually the main cover. The Clowney cove is regional in SEC country. The Braxton cover goes everywhere else. I had a hard time finding a copy for myself. It seems to be selling well in SW Ohio.