Former Baltimore Colts star Fred Miller, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, died on Sunday, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed on social media. He was 82.
Irsay tweeted out a statement in remembrance of Miller:
Rest in peace, FRED MILLER, #76, 10-year starting DT of the Baltimore Colts. A three-time Pro Bowl selection. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/4FHje1KKaS— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) February 27, 2023
A Louisiana native, Miller was drafted out of LSU in the 7th round by the Colts in the 1962 NFL draft and made the Pro Bowl as a defensive tackle three straight seasons from 1967-69.
He’s known for being part of the Colts’ 1968 NFL title team which shutout four teams, including the Browns in a 34-0 win in the NFL championship game before losing to the Jets in Super Bowl III.
He was also in Baltimore’s 1970 championship squad that found redemption with a 16-13 win over the Cowboys in Super Bowl V, with Miller making five tackles against Dallas.
“What a bond we had as a team,” Miller told the Baltimore Sun in 2009. “We gave a damn about each other. No cliques. Our wives socialized. We babysat for each other. That didn’t happen on other clubs.”
After 10 seasons with the Colts, Miller was traded to Washington but chose to retire instead.
“Fred never has a bad game, and he’ll never tell you he’s in pain,” the Baltimore Sun quoted head coach John Sandusky, who coached Miller in his 10th and final season, saying.
Miller’s wife of 54 years, Charlene, died in 2017. They had four sons: David, Daniel, Jacob and Luke.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Miller’s family and friends during this difficult time.