This isn't the first Super Bowl rodeo for Cardinals receiver coach Mike Miller: He was a PR intern with the Steelers at Super Bowl XXX, when he and other staff members were making a wild scamper around the team hotel to round up players for whom then-Coach Bill Cowher forget to warn about a Wednesday morning press availabiiity (an oversight that cost the team some $25,000 in an NFL fine).
Now, after coaching stints with Robert Morris, the Steelers, the Buffalo Bills, the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe and Robert Morris again, this Plum native is reunited with a gaggle of ex-Steelers in Arizona and finds himself back in the whirlwind, at Super Bowl XLIII. Not a bad gig for him, either. He coaches Pro Bowlers Larry Fitzgerald of Pitt and Anquan Boldin, plus Woodland Hills' Steve Breaston -- all three of whom compiled more than 1,000 receiving yards this season. Yep, Miller taught that Fitzgerald kid everything the superstar knows.
"Yeah, I said the first day I got here, 'Matt [Leinart], throw him the football," Miller quipped. "He caught it, and I said, 'No, no, all wrong.' "
Seriously, he added, "He does something in practice, and I'm like, 'Did anybody else just see that?' It's every day."
Back to joking, Miller said that the 2007 draft day when the Cardinals drafted Breaston in the fifth round, he called him to say, "We made a mistake in drafting you." Long pause, then Breaston responded, "Sorry, coach." To which Miller responded, "Yeah, I'm from Plum, and Woodland Hills crushes us every year."