Von Miller Praises Former Olympic Wrestler Gable Steveson After Bills Contract

Former Olympic wrestler and current Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Gable Stevenson earned praise from eight-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Von Miller.

“When it comes to an athletic standpoint, physical standpoint, he’s got it all,” Miller said, according to ProFootballTalk’s Michael David Smith. “When he came in yesterday, I had to try him out a little bit, try to grab him a little bit, and he was fast, and he grabbed me, and I see it, I feel it. So he definitely has all athletic skills.” in the world.”

Stevenson was signed by the Bills on May 31 after being released from his WWE contract. He previously earned a gold medal in freestyle wrestling at the 2020 Summer Olympics and won two NCAA Division I national championships in college.

It will be an uphill climb for Stevenson to make Buffalo’s regular-season roster, as he has never played on the defensive line in his athletic career. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the 24-year-old put on a pair of cleats for the first time in his life during a recent workout with the Bills.

At 6-foot-1, he is also on the short side compared to his fellow defensive linemen in the NFL.

Still, it’s a promising sign that Miller seems to be taking him under his wing. The former Super Bowl MVP revealed that Stevenson reached out to him shortly after signing with the team.

“His locker is right next to mine, and right when we signed him he texted me like, ‘I’m going to sit on your hip, my locker is right next to yours.’ I said, ‘Okay, it’s cool.’ But it didn’t really hit me until we were there talking to him and he’s just now playing football and learning some of the things we did when we were kids,” Miller said, via Smith.

“He needs to go through an accelerated learning process, which he is capable of doing,” he added.

Even if Stevenson is ultimately unable to make Buffalo’s 53-man roster, he could still earn a spot on the practice squad with a strong training camp performance.

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