Lamar Miller is a professional football star who plays the role of a running back for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. Miller has distinguished himself as a long-speed runner and a highly productive player. His wonderful athletic ability earned him his first Pro Bowl selection in the 2018 season. He started his professional career journey in 2012 when he joined the Miami Dolphins via the NFL draft of 2012. He completed four seasons with the Dolphins before joining the Texans in 2016. Learn more about his football career and personal life below.
Who is Lamar Miller?
Lamar N. Miller was born on the 25th day of April 1991 in Miami, Florida in the United States. He was raised by his black American parents and spent his childhood days in Miami. The football star developed an interest in the game when he was little and in high school, he kicked off his amateur career. He attended Miami Killian Senior High School where he was a standout running back for the school football team. During his senior year, the player earned a spot on Parade magazine’s All-American team after experiencing a record-breaking season. He completed 1,749 rushing yards with 217 receptions and 22 touchdowns as a senior.
Soon after his graduation from Miami Killian Senior High, Lamar enrolled at the University of Miami where he continued his college career. Joining the Miami Hurricanes football team, Lamar got a redshirt in his first year in 2009. Coming back the next season, he made eleven appearances for the team, recording 646 rushing yards, six touchdowns, and 108 carries. In the 2011 season, he became the starting running back for his team and was able to amass a total of 1,272 rushing yards at the end of the season. He made history as the second Miami running back after Willis McGahee to record over 1,000 rushing yards in a season. At the end of 2011 season, Miller announced he would forgo the remaining two years of his college eligibility while declaring for the NFL draft of 2012.
Details of His Professional Career and Injury Stats
Following his declaration, Lamar Miller was invited for the NFL combine exercise where he made a jaw-dropping performance. He was projected by NFL scouts as one of the top picks in the first round of the 2012 draft. Amazingly, he was selected by the Miami Dolphins as the fourth player overall. The Dolphins signed him to a four-year rookie deal worth $2.58 million in June 2012.
In his rookie season, Lamar was placed as the third-string running back behind Daniel Thomas and Reggie Bush. He made his professional debut on 16th September against the Oakland Raiders. Following his inability to get much playing time, Lamar’s rookie season ended with 250 rushing yards and a touchdown. The following season, Lamar shared his playing time with Daniel and that year, he rushed for 709 yards while making 26 receptions and two touchdowns.
His best season came in 2014 when he became one of the 13 players in the league history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season. He finished the season, setting new career-heights with 1,099 rushing yards, 38 receptions, and eight touchdowns. During the 2015 season, Miller featured in 16 games, covering a total of 872 rushing yards, eight touchdowns, and 47 receptions. While waiting to get an extension deal from the Dolphins, Lamar got a more lucrative offer which he couldn’t resist from the Houston Texans. He signed a four-year contract worth $26 million with the Texans in March 2016. Notably, the deal made him the sixth highest-paid running back in 2016.
Joining the Texans for the 2016 season, Lamar Miller pulled a lot of stunts, helping the team qualify for the playoffs. Although his performance was faltered by a shoulder injury during a game against the Denver Broncos in Week 7, Lamar was able to amass over 1,000 yards that season. He finished the season with a total of 1,073 yards with 31 carries and five touchdowns. In the 2017 season, Miller continued to improve in his game; nevertheless, his teammates’ injuries affected his performance that season. He wrapped up the season with a total of 888 rushing yards with 36 carries and three touchdowns.
During the 2018 season, Lamar surpassed David Carr to record the seventh-highest ground touchdown in franchise history. He also made history as the only NFL star to record two touchdowns runs over 95 yards in a career. He missed out on action in two games following an ankle injury he sustained in December 2018. At the end of the season, he recorded 973 rushing yards with 25 carries and five touchdowns.
Who Is His Girlfriend?
While Lamar Miller has been enjoying a blossoming career, he is also successful in his love life. He has been in a relationship with a lady named Jessica. The lovebirds began their relationship during their high school days. Jessica graduated from Florida University and has established herself as a registered nurse. The duo has been enjoying a wonderful relationship and in 2016, they were spotted while vacationing in Costa Rica.
Their relationship took a positive turn in May 2018 after Lamar popped the big question. While they are counting down to the D-day, the couple has neither revealed plans nor released the date for their wedding. They currently reside in Houston, Texas, in the United States.