Focus on: Zach Miller

Posted Feb 4, 2014

Zach Miller used to read about Super Bowl games in a book he had as a kid. Now the Seahawks’ tight end has played in a Super Bowl that definitely had a storybook ending.

A lot of kids harbor dreams of someday playing in the Super Bowl. And then there was Zach Miller.

Even a seemingly all-encompassing term like dreams doesn’t capture his fascination with the biggest game in the biggest sport.

“I not only watched every Super Bowl growing up, I used to have a Super Bowl book,” Miller said in the locker room at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Tuesday, less than 48 hours and more than 2,800 miles removed from the Seahawks’ 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.

“It was a history of the Super Bowl book, with a couple of pages on every single Super Bowl. So I would read about Super Bowl I, II, III, all the way up. And to finally get to play in one, and win it in the fashion that we did, was just amazing.”

About that fashion in which the Seahawks won – throttling a Broncos offense that scored a league-record 606 points during the regular season and was led by Peyton Manning, who set single-season records for passing yards and touchdown passes; kicking their opportunistic and efficient offense into high gear; outplaying the Broncos on special teams.

No one could have envisioned that, right? The guy who grew up reading that Super Bowl book did.

“I actually thought it was a possibility that it could happen like that,” Miller said. “The way our defense plays, and the way our offense played and special teams, too, it’s always a possibility with us. All of our losses were really close losses. And then we had a fair amount of close wins, but a fair amount of blowout wins, too.”

The Seahawks’ three losses this season were by seven, six and two points. They won games by three points in overtime twice, five points twice; and they by seven points and eight points in the playoffs. But, as Miller pointed out, there also were victories by 28, 27, 26, 23 (twice) and 21 points. And they saved the biggest blowout for last – the 35-pointer over the Broncos.

“So with this team, it wasn’t that unexpected,” Miller said.   

And now that Miller the player has finally participated in a Super Bowl was it as good as Miller the kid with the Super Bowl book thought it would be?

“Yeah, it is,” he said with a smile. “It’s everything I expected. It was so much fun over the last couple days here – just celebrating the night of the win there, just having a ton of fun celebrating with my teammates and family.”