Miller lands ‘Uncle Braxton’ nickname for off-field habits

Ever since Braxton Miller went down with a shoulder injury before the start of the 2014 season, he has been hard at work trying to get healthy once again. That has caused him to be laser-focused on the task at hand and has kept him away from parties, clubs and doing what a college kid does best.

Over the summer, Miller announced that he had made the switch from quarterback to wide receiver after it was clear either J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones would win the starting role.

ESPN did a feature on him recently and he talked about how his teammates began calling him “Uncle Braxton” for the way his habits have changed over the last year.

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From the ESPN story:

“[There was] a lot of alone time,” Miller says. “Two shoulder surgeries aren’t the easiest thing. The hardest part was, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know if my shoulder was going to come back healthy or if I was going to have to sit out again this year. I stopped a lot of things. You know, stopped going out, partying. I just focused on what I really wanted to accomplish, and my shoulder.” (Teammates have taken to calling him Uncle Braxton.)”

Being that I just became a new uncle just over 18 months ago, I feel like I can relate to why they call Miller that. However, I think Miller’s excuse for his habits is a bit different from the average uncle’s situation.

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