Howard Miller

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Howard Miller
No. 86 – Retired
Position:Wide Receiver
Personal information
Born: (1997-12-05)December 05, 1997 (aged 66)
Chicago, Illnois
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
College:Northern Illinois
ISFL Draft:2022  / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
DSFL Draft:2021  / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Roster status:Retired
Career highlights and awards
Career ISFL statistics as of Week 1, 2031
Yards Per Catch:16.9

Howard Miller (born December 5, 1997) was an American football Wide Receiver for the Colorado Yeti of the National Simulation Football League (NSFL). He played college football for the Northern Illinois Huskies before entering the DSFL in 2020 (S5), where he played for the Tijuana Luchadores and Kansas City Coyotes prior to being drafted first overall by the Colorado Yeti in the 2022 ISFL Draft (S7).

Early Years

Miller was born in Brisbane, Australia on December 5th, 1997 to parents Jack and Betty. Jack left for the United States to pursue a career opportunity once mother and child were medically cleared to go home. In the year that followed, Betty raised their son alone while her husband set up a life for them overseas. In February of 1998, Miller and his mother flew to Chicago, Illinois, reuniting the family. They have lived in and around Chicago ever since.

Miller played numerous sports throughout his early years and into high school, typically competing at each sport's highest respective level. He was a state sprinting champion, and only refused the honour of competing at nationals in order to do so as a swimmer instead. As he got older, however, Miller's desire to dabble in as many sports as possible led him to a crossroad: he remained successful in each, but was falling behind national prospects who only focused on one to two sports at most. In the end, given the likelihood of remaining in Chicago if he were to pursue it, he chose football.

Despite being offered scholarships from powerhouse football colleges around the country, Miller opted to enrol at Northern Illinois and play for the Huskies. This decision meant sports agents, who had previously been clamouring to sign the exciting receiving prospect, gave up hope on Miller being an early round NFL draft pick, if he made it to that level at all.

As he neared the end of his impressive college career at Northern Illinois, Miller was contacted by former NSFL Pro Bowl offensive lineman Ben Longshaw. Longshaw was retiring from football after a career that had not lived up to its potential, and as a Northern Illinois alumnus, was eager to assist Miller in reaching the NSFL. Miller signed with Longshaw, contingent upon him not declaring for the upcoming DSFL draft.

DSFL Career

As a result of Longshaw's advice, Miller entered the DSFL in 2020 (S5) as a late-season free, and was signed by the Tijuana Luchadores. He played in the team's two remaining regular season games and one playoff game. Miller's decision to enter the DSFL as a free agent paid off; in 2021 DSFL Draft (S6), he was drafted with the 1st pick by the Kansas City Coyotes based on his impressive showing from a limited number of starts the previous season.

In 2021 (S6), Miller became a superstar. He fell agonisingly short of the DSFL single-season reception and receiving yards records on the way to leading his side to its maiden Ultimini appearance. His performance went up a level in the playoffs - and his NSFL draft stocks with it - as he scored 40-yard touchdowns in back-to-back playoff games, amassing 215 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns from 14 receptions through the playoffs. While the Coyotes fell short against the San Antonio Marshals in the Ultimini, Miller's draft stocks were at an all-time high; Longhshaw's advice saw Miller enter the offseason as the top draft prospect for the upcoming NSFL draft.

DSFL Career Statistics

Info Regular Season Post Season
Season Team Games Rec Yds YPC Long TDs Games Rec Yds YPC Long TDs
2020 (S5) Tijuana Luchadores 2 4 55 13.8 24 0 1 3 38 12.7 17 0
2021 (S6) Kansas City Coyotes 14 91 1269 13.9 37 2 2 14 215 15.4 40 2
Total 16 95 1324 13.9 37 2 3 17 253 14.9 40 2

NSFL Career

Miller was picked with the 1st overall pick in the 2022 ISFL Draft (S7) by the Colorado Yeti.

NSFL Career Statistics

Info Regular Season
Season Team Games Rec Yds YPC Long TDs
2022 (S7) Colorado Yeti 14 45 590 13.1 32 1
2023 (S8) Colorado Yeti 14 68 1129 16.6 56 5
2024 (S9) Colorado Yeti 14 77 1347 17.5 58 6
2025 (S10) Colorado Yeti 14 89 1430 16.1 67 11
2026 (S11) Colorado Yeti 14 85 1437 16.9 59 9
2027 (S12) Colorado Yeti 14 76 1321 17.4 59 11
2028 (S13) Colorado Yeti 14 73 1288 17.6 52 4
2029 (S14) Baltimore Hawks 14 41 817 19.8 56 6
2030 (S15) Baltimore Hawks 14 1 6 6 6 1
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
225 lb
(102 kg)
4.36 s 4.07 s 6.98 s 31.6 in
(0.80 m)
10 ft 11.7 in
(3.35 m)
16 reps 12
NSFL S7 Scouting Combine

Achievements and Records