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Bruce Miller’s Best Feats with San Francisco 49ers

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Fullback. Special teams ace. Standout in the community. Bruce Miller has done many things well during his time with the 49ers. We looked at his best five accomplishments to date.

Bruce Miller will continue his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers through the 2017 season.

PHOTOS: The Best of Miller's 49ers Career

The fullback has signed a three-year extension that allows him to remain with the club that drafted him in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Miller’s impact has been felt in his three seasons in San Francisco. He is certainly a “trusted agent.”

With that in mind, 49ers.com takes a look at Miller’s best accomplishments with the 49ers to date…

1. Converting from defensive end to fullback.

Before top quarterback prospect Blake Bortles led Central Florida to a Fiesta Bowl victory, Miller was a standout pass-rusher for the Knights. He was a two-time Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time all-conference performer. The 49ers, however, had different plans for Miller. San Francisco was one of the few teams that evaluated Miller at fullback. In the same draft that produced key contributors Aldon Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Chris Culliver and Kendall Hunter, Miller was selected as the 211th overall pick. Shortly after, Miller began his successful conversion to the offensive side of the ball.

2. Catching a 30-yard pass for his first touchdown and executing a trick play overseas.

Miller competed with veteran fullback Moran Norris as a rookie. The training camp battle helped Miller immensely as he learned the nuances of lead-blocking from a respected performer and his well-known position coach, former 49ers fullback Tom Rathman. Once Miller took over as the starter three weeks into the regular season, he was quickly rewarded with a ramped up workload. Miller caught the ball four times in his first start, a 13-8 road victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He later demonstrated his pass-catching prowess with a career-long reception, a 30-yard touchdown catch against the Washington Redskins. The out-of-the-backfield wheel route stood as Miller’s longest career reception until Week 8 of the 2013 regular season in the NFL’s International Series game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Miller, who took on more H-back responsibilities in his third season, caught a 43-yard pass, his longest career reception. Miller snuck out of the backfield and caught an unsuspecting defense off-guard, padding his stats on a trick play known as “Big Sleeper.”

3. Being a valued member of the "Tony Montana Squad."

Miller’s defensive talents have not gone to waste with the 49ers. From the start of his pro career, Miller has been inserted as a key coverage player on San Francisco’s punt and kick-off teams. Miller has totaled 26 special teams tackles in three seasons, including 15 stops in 2012. Miller’s production this past season suffered when he broke his scapula late in the year and was promptly placed on Injured Reserve.

4. Paving the way for three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

Perhaps the biggest source of pride for a fullback is making a key block and watching the likes of Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter spring loose for a long run. Miller has done this often in his time with the 49ers. So much so, in fact,  that Gore has produced three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with Miller as his primary blocker. Miller’s contributions as a blocker have helped San Francisco rank third, fourth and eighth in the NFL during his three years with the team.

5. Signing a contract extension through 2017.

A second contract for a seventh-round draft pick is not commonplace in today’s NFL. Miller, however, has proved that dedication to his craft and a positive attitude can allow you to thrive in a challenging line of work. Heck, Miller was even cool enough to take a “contract selfie” when we approached him with the idea. Miller is well-liked in the locker room and continues to be a standup guy in the community. Sticking around for three more seasons is a great accomplishment for a defender-turned-blocker.


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