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Jim Miller
Position(s)
Quarterback
Jersey #(s)
16, 15, 13
Born February 9, 1971 (1971-02-09) (age 38)
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Career information
Year(s) 19942005
NFL Draft 1994 / Round: 6 / Pick: 178
College Michigan State
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 36-31
Yards 6,387
QB Rating 75.2
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements

James Donald Miller (born February 9, 1971 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan) is a former NFL quarterback, last under contract to the New York Giants. He was drafted in the 6th round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, 178th overall. Miller attended Waterford Kettering High School and graduated in 1989. He started as the Captain's Varsity quarterback his sophomore year and held that position through his senior year. Miller was also a star baseball player. He currently serves as an analyst on Bears Postgame Live on CSN Chicago, replacing former Chicago Bears legend Richard Dent in 2007.

Playing career

Miller never played an entire game at quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1994-1996) and never took a snap with the Atlanta Falcons (1997). It was not until 1999, his second year with the Chicago Bears, that Miller earned a starting job. That promising season was cut short for Miller when he became the first quarterback to be suspended by the NFL for violation of its substance abuse policy. Miller contended he did not read the label on an over-the-counter dietary supplement containing the steroid nandrolone, a banned substance under the NFL's drug policy. He was suspended for four games at the end of the 1999 season and lost about $100,000 in pay.

Upon his return, Miller became established as the starter and was instrumental in the Bears' brief playoff run in 2001, their first berth since 1994. With the second-best record in the NFC and tied for the second-best record in the NFL along with the Pittsburgh Steelers at 13-3, the Chicago Bears were awarded a first-round bye. On January 19, 2002, the Chicago Bears met the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Playoffs with Jim Miller at the helm. The game was fairly competitive until the final seconds of the first half when Eagles' defensive end Hugh Douglas delivered a hit to Miller that resulted in a separated shoulder. Shane Matthews replaced Jim Miller, but the Chicago Bears never recovered without their leader and succumbed to Philadelphia 33-19.

Miller would lose his starting job in 2002. Miller has not had a pass attempt since, but picked up a Super Bowl ring as the emergency quarterback for the 2004 New England Patriots. Before the 2005 season, he signed with the Giants, but was released after receiving an injury settlement. He is now a host for Sirius NFL Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio and Chicago Bears Postgame on Comcast Sports Net in Chicago. In addition, he serves as Color Commentator for Michigan State University Football radio broadcasts and hosts the weekly post-game call in show for MSU football.

Career stats

Year Team GP Att Com Pct Yds TD Int Rate
1995 Pittsburgh Steelers 3 56 32 57.1 397 2 5 53.9
1996 Pittsburgh Steelers 2 25 13 52.0 123 0 0 65.9
1999 Chicago Bears 5 174 110 63.2 1242 7 6 83.5
2000 Chicago Bears 3 82 47 57.3 382 1 1 68.2
2001 Chicago Bears 14 395 228 57.7 2299 13 10 74.9
2002 Chicago Bears 10 314 180 57.3 1944 13 9 77.5
Career Totals 37 1046 610 58.3 6387 36 31 75.2

Key to Abbreviations
GP= Games Played
Att= Passes attempted
Com= Passes Completed
Pct= Completion percentage
Yds= Yards
TD= Touchdowns
Int= Interceptions
Rate= Passer rating

Preceded by
Neil O'Donnell
Pittsburgh Steelers Starting Quarterbacks
1996
Succeeded by
Mike Tomczak
Preceded by
Cade McNown
Chicago Bears Starting Quarterbacks
2001-2002
Succeeded by
Kordell Stewart
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