The first chip in player movement for the USFL-XFL Merger has fallen hours after the initial announcement by Dany Garcia and “The Rock”. Mike Miller Offensive Lineman from the Vegas Vipers took to twitter (“X”) to let his followers know that he was calling it a career. Miller rose to prominence during the 2023 XFL’s Player 54 series, as the Division-II player was teaching High School courses during the XFL season.

Miller began his pro career in the Arena Leagues and then Your Call Football. In 2020 Miller would join the St. Louis Battlehawks starting Two games which would translate into his next professional football opportunity with the Vegas Vipers. Miller would start all 10 games in 2023, and was praised for his grittiness, intelligence, along with his dedication to his High School students back in Kansas.

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While Miller’s ultimate goal was to make it to the NFL, he’s inspired many along the way. Between his local community, the kids he teaches and coaches at the High School level, along with current players at the Division-II level Miller has definitely defied the odds enroute to becoming a professional Football player.

Miller becomes the 2nd member from the 2020 Battlehawks Offensive Line to retire. Bruno Reagan who spent time with the USFL’s Tampa Bay Bandits, and DC Defenders also announced that he was done playing Football after the 2023 XFL season. With a dispersal draft getting ready to take place in the next couple weeks Miller’s sudden retirement opens the opportunity for another player chasing their dream a little while longer.

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Patrick Rifino

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