One the Pasadena area’s greatest sports products is in line for more acclaim and, in an interesting twist, is dependent on his fans for help.
Former Pasadena City College football phenom Anthony Miller, who also starred at Muir High, is one of three finalists for the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame.
“I’m definitely excited. There are a lot of wide receivers who have been nominated who are in here,” Miller said in post-press conference interview. “Hopefully, I can be one of the next ones. I’m definitely really excited.”
All three are vying to become the 36th member of the Chargers Hall of Fame.
The difference between the three aforementioned players and the 35 other enshrined players, however, is that this year, Chargers executives put the fans in charge.
“We’re turning over the selection process to another group that’s very serious and passionate about this — our fans,” Chargers CEO A.G. Spanos said at the mid-July press conference. “This year, Chargers fans everywhere will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the 36th member of the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame.”
Miller proved one of the most electric players in Chargers history, hauling in 305 receptions for 5,582 yards and 37 touchdowns over six seasons with the Chargers. Miller also played an additional four years in the league with the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys before retiring after the 1997 season.
Miller was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and his most dynamic year may have been his second season in 1989, when he hauled in 75 receptions for a career-high 1,252 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Before being drafted 15th overall in the 1988 draft by the Chargers, Miller spent two seasons at the University at Tennessee and two previous years at PCC.
After a quiet freshman year, Miller caught 47 passes for 881 yards and was named JC Grid-Wire First Team All-American in 1985. Miller was also a top-notch kick returner and tied the school’s record with a 100-yard kick returner for a touchdown in PCC’s season opener versus Tyler of Texas.
One such local that Miller needs not convince for a vote is Dennis Gossard, who was the offensive line coach for the Lancers in 1985 under head coach Bill Sandstrom.
“He was a damn, damn, damn good player. We he played in junior college, he was better than 99% of the guys,” Gossard said. “I’ll always remember our game against Bakersfield College with 20,000 screaming fans. We were down six and Anthony just went down the field, split two defensive backs and scored the winning touchdown. He was a great player.”
Fans have until Sept. 17 to vote online, which can be done at www.chargers.com/hof/.