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D.J. Miller '19

December 19, 2018

D.J. Miller '19 was featured on on 12.19.18 after signing a national letter of intent to play football for Iowa State University: "DJ Miller's jacket was one only a father could love. A sport coat with a burgundy and black paisley pattern, Miller wore it proudly at his signing day ceremony Wednesday at John Burroughs. 'Me and my dad found it online and instantly fell in love with it so we had to get it,' Miller said with a smile. 'We pride ourselves on being different and outworking the rest so why not go out in style?' A senior cornerback for the John Burroughs football team, Miller signed with Iowa State and achieved a goal he has worked toward most of his young life. 'It's a surreal event,' Miller said. 'I've been dreaming about this event since I was 3. Playing college football and eventually going on to the NFL.' The 6-foot and 165-pound Miller earned an NCAA Division I scholarship despite suffering through several painful injuries. As a sophomore against MICDS, he suffered a fractured collar bone. In the summer before his junior season, he broke his ankle. Later that same week, Miller was scheduled to make unofficial visits to several colleges that were on the verge of offering him a scholarship. The timing couldn't have been worse. Derrick Miller, DJ's father, told the assembled crowd of family, friends, coaches and well wishers that he walked toward his son's room when they returned home to console him. But what he heard as he approached stopped him. 'I could hear his tears through the door,' Derrick Miller said. 'As a father, what do you do? I walked away. It was a teaching moment. When you don't have anyone else you always have yourself.' Miller overcame the setbacks, persevered and now joins the other Burroughs' standouts that have recently gone on to play Division I football. Among the Bombers to make that leap are John Moten (Northwestern), Foye Oluokun (Yale) and Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State). Miller said the trying times he went through will only help him as he moves forward in his life. 'It was definitely a finding myself moment and I think I'm better for it,' Miller said. 'I know how to face adversity. When life knocks you down, how to get back up because life goes on. I think that will help me throughout life after football as well.' Find the story online here