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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Local Football Star Heading to Super Bowl..Again

Honaker's Heath Miller is the man.

Heath Miller has been here before, but he figures only time will tell exactly what that previous experience might mean this time around.

The former Honaker High School and University of Virginia star will start at tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Fla.

It is Miller’s second trip to the biggest spectacle in sports. The last time, he got the chance to hoist the famed Vince Lombardi Trophy.

He’d like nothing more than to have an encore performance, but Miller is trying to focus on this game rather than what happened the last time.

“It’s kind of hard to compare, because it’s not over yet,” Miller said in a recent telephone interview. “Hopefully, we go down there and take care of business. If we don’t win, there’s really no comparison.”

Miller was a 23-year-old rookie when the Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10, in Super Bowl XL at Detroit’s Ford Field three years ago.

Nerves might have gotten the best of Miller in the early stages of that game. He didn’t catch a pass and was whistled for two penalties, including a false start on Pittsburgh’s first possession.

Later, however, he delivered a block that helped to pave the way for Willie Parker’s 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

It was a pivotal play in a game that left an impression on Miller. Link

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Blogger Mike said ... (10:41 AM) : 

My blog photo was taken at the 2002spring game at UVa's Scott Stadium. That was Miller's first playing appearance of his fine Cavalier career.


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