A happy Canadian-themed birthday to Zach Miller

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Wednesday is the 28th birthday of Zach Miller, the Seahawks versatile and productive starting tight end.

Like so many of his teammates, Zach Miller already has so much.

The Seahawks’ starting tight end has proved his value as a receiver in the passing game and as a blocker in the running game since being signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2011. He has four touchdown catches to share the team lead for the 11-2 Seahawks and is third in receptions with 28. While playing his first four NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders, the product of Desert Vista High School in Phoenix and Arizona State was voted to the Pro Bowl and had 60-plus catches in back-to-back seasons.

Off the field, he and his wife, Ashley, have twin daughters, Kaydence and Remi.

So what do you get a guy who has been so blessed off the field and is so versatile and productive on the field for his birthday? It’s pertinent, because Wednesday is Miller’s 28th birthday.

We went to Luke Willson, the Canadian-born rookie tight end, for an assist. If cost and circumstance were not issues, what would Willson get Miller for his birthday?

“I’d probably get him something Canadian,” said Willson, who was unaware that it is Miller’s special day. “I don’t really know what though. Maybe like the NHL package (on cable TV). Or maybe get him some skates.”

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Miller on skates? Now that, as they say, would be worth the price of admission.

“He’d probably look at me, throw them back at me and then just shake his head,” Willson said through a smile. “But I’d get him something like that. Definitely something Canadian.”

And it is the thought that counts.