Broncos’ Von Miller is a finalist for Sports Illustrated’s 2016 Sportsperson of the Year

Miller recorded 2 1/2 sacks and forced two fumbles in the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers. This season, he’s tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks with 9 1/2.

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A mural depicting Von Miller adorns the Advanced Medical Alternatives building on 13th and Elati. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A mural depicting Von Miller adorns the Advanced Medical Alternatives building on 13th and Elati. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s almost that time of the year when Sports Illustrated picks its Sportsperson of the Year. SI whittled its list of finalists to 12 Monday. Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was one of the athletes who made the cut.

Miller recorded 2 1/2 sacks and forced two fumbles in the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers. This season, he’s tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks with 9 1/2. (Three players share the lead with 10.) He’s dominated on the field and hasn’t been shy about having fun off of it.

Miller will have plenty of competition for SI’s award. The other finalists are Olympians Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky and Usain Bolt, hoopers LeBron James, Steph Curry and Breanna Stewart, NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, broadcaster Vin Scully and two teams, Leicester City of the English Premier League and the Chicago Cubs of, well, you know where.

I’m not a betting man, but if I was, I’d put my money on the Chicago Cubs. They came back from a three-games-to-one deficit to win the franchise’s first World Series title in 108 years. The Boston Red Sox accomplished a similar feat in 2004, and they were named the SI’s Sportsperson of the Year.

Sports Illustrated will announce a winner in December.

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