Von Miller named AFC Defensive Player of the Month

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos linebacker Von Miller was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month on Thursday, the NFL announced.

It’s the third monthly award Miller has received, passing Champ Bailey for the most in team history.

Miller leads the NFL with five sacks and six quarterback hits through the first three weeks of the season. He also has one pass breakup, a forced fumble and 12 tackles.

Miller was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2.

Miller had three sacks, seven tackles and one pass defensed against the Colts. He also had a strip-sack of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck late in the fourth quarter. The fumble was returned by Shane Ray for a touchdown to seal the win.

Miller was also AFC Defensive Player of the Month in November 2012 (20 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles) and October 2014 (14 tackles, seven sacks).

After being named the MVP of Super Bowl 50, Miller signed a six-year, $114.5 million contract during the offseason that includes almost $70 million in guarantees.