Bronzell Miller


Bronzell LaJames Miller 

Born: October 12, 1971 (Federal Way, Washington)
Died: December 21, 2013 (West Jordan, Utah)

Bronzell Miller brought foot speed and a quick tongue to the locker room of the Calgary Stampeders, where he played parts of four seasons.

Miller, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive tackle, has died of cancer of the plasma cells. He was 42.

His unapologetic braggadocio included frequent references to himself in the third person.

Image“I’m not Muhammad Ali, so I can’t predict exactly what will happen, but Bronzell is going to get his team some quarterback sacks,” he bragged before one game. His nickname was said to be B Smooth.

Miller played 29 games for the Stampeders over four seasons from 1996-99. He had 12 career sacks. He was a member of the 1988 Grey Cup winning squad, which recorded a 26-24 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Winnipeg.

Miller skipped football in his senior year at Federal Way (Wash.) high school. After two years at eastern Arizona Junior College, where he played defensive end for the Gila Monsters, Miller gained a scholarship to the University of Utah. In 1994, he had 12 sacks and five forced fumbles. He played for the Utes in the Freedom Bowl.

The St. Louis Rams selected him in the 7th round (No. 239 overall) of the 1995 NFL draft. He was cut in training camp, but was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played three games that season.

In a three-month period in 1997, Miller played for three different teams in three different leagues with three different sets of rules. He wore the uniform of the Amsterdam Admirals of the World Football League and the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League before rejoining the Stampeders. He also later played arena football with the Los Angeles Avengers.

Away from the gridiron, Miller wrote country music songs and acted in such television series as “Promised Land” and “Touched by an Angel.” He had minor roles in such movies as “Mr. 3000” in which he played a first baseman.

He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer, three years ago. Last year, he was charged with 12 counts of violating a domestic abuse injunction involving an ex-wife. After representing himself in court, Miller was found guilty of class B misdemeanours. Miller died at the Utah home of his first wife. He leaves his birth parents, a stepfather, three brothers, a sister, and 10 children, including Bronzell II and Elijah Bronzell III.


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