An injury, in whatever form, is a threat to every professional athlete, and as the plague, it is something they all want to avoid as much as possible, but like retirement, injury is simply inevitable. The best thing athletes can do is to hope that the frequency with which their injuries occur is as low as possible, and even if they are hit by an injury, a minor one that would require a few weeks for a full recovery. Unfortunately for some, however, this is not always the case, as a number of the world’s great athletes face the difficult decision to end their careers due to injury. One of these great athletes is the tight end of American football, Zach Miller. Through the pain, however, Miller has received much support from his family, especially his wife and the love of his life, Kristen. Here is his story.
Who Is Zach Miller? His Career Overview
Zach Miller was born on October 4, 1984, in Weston, Nebraska, and began playing football during his years at Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo, Nebraska. As a very energetic young man, he played two other sports, including basketball, for which he received the All-State Awards. He was better at football, and when he decided to attend the University of Nebraska Omaha, he focused on football. In college, Zach was simply outstanding.
He graduated with a school record of 50 touchdowns. A professional career looked safe and it started after the Jacksonville Jaguars selected him in the 6th round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
And then came September 2012, when Zach Miller’s injury problems began. He was put on the injury reserve before he was given up a month later. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked him up in the New Year, but Miller couldn’t prove himself worthy of a place on the team, so he was dropped. The Chicago Bears became his white knight, and on December 30, 2013, he was entered into a future/reserve contract. On February 27, 2015, he signed another contract, and on March 14, 2016, he signed a two-year contract worth $5.5 million. Miller seemed ready to move on and put his name in the NFL history books, but few injuries continued to limit his options.
Zach Miller’s life passed him by when he suffered a life-threatening injury that destroyed his career on October 29, 2017, during an eight-week game against the New Orleans Saints. He had been trying to catch a touchdown pass when he fell, mistakenly dislocating his left knee and rupturing his popliteal artery. He was immediately taken to the operating room where he underwent vascular surgery that required a transplant of the right knee. Fortunately, the operation was successful and did not require amputation, as is always the case with similar injuries. He reportedly had 8 operations on his knee by December 2017.
The Bears admitted him to the injured reserve in November 2017, after which he was assigned as a freelancer. However, the Bears did not want to abandon him when they signed him to a one-year contract with a guaranteed sum of $458,000 on 4 June 2018, even in the knowledge that he may never play football again. A day later he was placed on the reserve/PUP list. Miller’s future in football looks bleak, but as he told reporters since the terrible injury, he would rather focus on the present than worry about the future. Zach Miller has a degree in criminal justice.
Zach Miller Wife (Kristen) and Family
Throughout the storms, a woman has not left his side. She is his wife Kristen Miller (née Pospisil). The two were high school sweethearts during their time at Bishop Neumann High School, where Kristen played on the volleyball team.
Kristen attended the same college as her future husband. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in finance. As shown in the Wahoo Newspaper, Zach and Kristen were married on July 26, 2008, at St. Wenceslas Catholic Church in Wahoo, Nebraska.
Zach and his wife Kristen have built such an enchanting family together. They have three children together, including daughter Isabella, born in 2010, and sons Kashton and Breckin, born in 2012 and 2017. From his interviews since the injury, it is very clear that Miller is a family man. He has reported in several publications, including The Lincoln Journal Star, on how his wife Kristen has contributed to the smooth running of his rehab.
Body Measurements: His Height and Weight
Zach Miller has a completely athletic build. According to his player profile on the ESPN website, Zach Miller is 5’8″ tall. Before the preliminary draft, he was one inch shorter at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m). His weight is reported as 111 kg (245 lb), 5 lb more than before his NFL debut. Further details of his body measurements have yet to be confirmed.