Flint Northern Viking, Football, Track & Field Star
Fastest Man in the World, 1982, Men's 200 meter
Tennessee Volunteer Football, Track & Field, All-American
NFL Wide Receiver, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints
December 8, 2021
Michael Miller is a measured and calm man. He moves with diligence, takes his time, and pauses to reflect. But Michael Miller the athlete was a lightning bolt!
The Flint Northern Viking was once the “Fastest Man In The World”, setting the 1982 world's best year performance in the men’s 200 meters. His track and field career was equaled by his football skills as a wide receiver.
Miller was a superstar track and field start and football stand out at Northern, and as a result was heavily recruited by most of the top college football powerhouses. Just before his senior year he was ready to make a move to Flint Southwestern which already had one of the best high school teams in the country and one of the best wide receivers in Rodney Feaster. The move was stopped by some administrators, but the mind reels to consider a team with both Feaster and Miller lining up as wide outs!
He subsequently went on to a terrific career at Tennessee. While a Volunteer, he was part of a tremendous receiver unit that included another world class sprinter in Willie Gault.
Miller was drafted by the New York Giants and later went on to play for the New Orleans Saints completing his NFL career. Miller is without question one of the greatest athletes to ever come out of Flint.
Always a quiet competitor, Miller is sometimes left out of conversations about the all time greats. That is unfortunate because he remains a legend of not just one, but two sports. He may be a quiet man, but his feats speak loudly.
It was a great time with Michael and we even got to meet and his grandkids who joined us on the mic! Miller is a class act and so are his grandkids, a testament to a life well lived, and an athletic career to be lauded and celebrated--and we do just that on this episode of Fish and The Flint Chronicles!