Taking the novel coronavirus pandemic seriously, Von Miller said he was "shocked" when he received a positive test result in mid-April. Two weeks ago, the Denver Broncos pass-rusher declared he was coronavirus-free.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Miller detailed his battle against the virus, which included breathing problems for the asthmatic Super Bowl 50 MVP.
"My lungs were constricting," he told the Post. "My asthma nebulizer helped, but it still didn’t feel like it was supposed to. That was the most frightening part. Just going to sleep knowing that my oxygen level could drop and I could wake up and have to go to the hospital."
Miller also experienced a loss of taste and smell. With no appetite, his diet suffered.
Von Miller warms up prior to a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium last season. (Photo: Jamie Squire, Getty Images)
The beginning was the worst, he said, and the seriousness of the disease weighed on him.
"The first four, five days I was honestly nervous," Miller told the Post. "I wouldn’t say that I thought I was going to die or anything like that, but it did cross my mind a little bit."
In total, Miller took 17 days off from his offseason training program and is still recovering.
"I still feel my lungs trying to get back in shape," he told the Post. "It’s just all the wear and tear that it puts on your lungs."
When it comes to football returning, Miller wants the league to err on the side of caution.
"Everybody’s got to stay masked up. I want to be safe," Miller told the Post. "I want to make sure I can still deliver football to the fans, but I want to do it as safe as possible. I'm not cutting any corners when it comes to that."
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