As is always the case, Alabama will be losing a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball. One of the players that will be leaving is redshirt senior linebacker Christian Miller. After five years in Tuscaloosa, Miller will try his hand at the NFL.
Miller’s battled back from a season-ending injury in 2017 to get another chance as a starter on the Alabama defense in 2018. He made the most of that opportunity as he recorded career highs in nearly every category. Miller finished the season with 11.0 tackles for loss, and his 8.0 sacks were second on the team. Miller has become a fan favorite, and on Wednesday he tweeted a message to everyone that supported him at Alabama.
“Coming to the University of Alabama was the best decision I’ve ever made,” Miller tweeted. “I will forever cherish all of the memories & relationships I have made over the last 5 years. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for this University and all of the amazing fans! ROLL TIDE FOR LIFE!”
Miller was a four-star recruit and the No. 3 outside linebacker in the 2016 signing class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Miller could have had an even more prolific career at Alabama if not for his injury in 2017. Miller also battled through injury too play in the College Football Playoff National Championship against Clemson on Monday night.
Plenty of players understand the opportunity they have in front of them when they get a scholarship offer from the University of Alabama. However, Miller had an added sense of appreciation for what it meant to wear the crimson and white. In an interview with BamaOnline, Miller said that he cherished every game he played in throughout his senior season.
“For me, every game’s like that,” Miller told BamaOnLine in an exclusive interview. “It’s one less time I’ll be able to put on an Alabama uniform. I wouldn’t say it’s sad because it’s been an awesome journey, but every time I put it on, I’m kind of like, ‘Damn…’
“I’m one of those guys that takes pride in putting it on. I’ve never been one to try to rush things. I’ve always kind of embraced it, and my time’s slowly trickling down. It’s tough, but it makes you appreciate it more. That’s why I go into every game wanting to do as much as I can.”
Miller finishes his collegiate career with 56 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks. He’ll now focus on getting read for the 2019 NFL Draft, but he’ll never forget his time with the Crimson Tide.