Heath Miller Named Steelers' 2012 MVP

Steelers tight end Heath Miller was recognized for his outstanding play by his teammates today, who voted him the team's 2012 Most Valuable Player. It is the first time in Miller's eight-year career that he has received the honor.

Miller, who was recently named to his second Pro Bowl, was on pace to have his best season of his career. He currently leads the team with 71 receptions, only five short of tying his single-season career high that he set in 2009. Miller already has established career highs for a single season with 816 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns.

But due to a right knee injury, Miller was placed on the team's Reserve/Injured List on December 26, 2012 and will miss the season finale versus the Cleveland Browns. If Miller's 71 receptions remain a team high at the end of the season, he will become the first tight end to lead the team in receptions since Eric Green in 1993.

Miller recently became just the third Steeler in team history to record 400 career receptions, and he also became the franchise's all-time leader in receiving touchdowns by a tight end, breaking Elbie Nickel's record of 37. Miller currently ranks third in team history in receptions (408), seventh in yards (4,680) and is tied for fifth in receiving touchdowns (39).

Miller is the first Steelers tight end to be named team MVP.

The following is the list of Steelers MVPs since 1969:

1969WR Roy Jeffeson1991LB Greg Lloyd
1970DT Joe Greene1992RB Barry Foster
1971LB Andy Russell1993CB Rod Woodson
1972RB Franco Harris1994LB Greg Lloyd
1973WR Ron Shanklin1995QB Neil O'Donnell
1974S Glen Edwards1996RB Jerome Bettis
1975CB Mel Blount1997RB Jerome Bettis
1976LB Jack Lambert1998LB Levon Kirkland
1977QB Terry Bradshaw1999LB Levon Kirkland
1978QB Terry Bradshaw2000RB Jerome Bettis
1979WR John Stallworth2001QB Kordell Stewart
1980SS Donnie Shell2002WR Hines Ward
1981LB Jack LambertLB Joey Porter
1982CB Dwayne Woodruff2003WR Hines Ward
1983PK Gary Anderson2004LB James Farrior
1984WR John Stallworth2005NT Casey Hampton
1985WR Louis LippsWR Hines Ward
1986LB Bryan Hinkle2006RB Willie Parker
1987LB Mike Merriweather2007LB James Harrison
1988LB David Little2008LB James Harrison
CB Rod Woodson2009QB Ben Roethlisberger
1989WR Louis Lipps2010SS Troy Polamalu
1990CB Rod Woodson2011WR Antonio Brown
2012TE Heath Miller

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