Vic Beasley appreciates sack title, Von Miller's praise

ATLANTA -- Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller said he wouldn't be mad if "little brother" Vic Beasley Jr. walked away with this season's sack title.

Beasley finished with a league-leading 15.5 sacks.

"It means a lot, man," the Atlanta Falcons pass-rusher said. "Competing with guys around the league, guys like Von, they just push me to be a better player."

Beasley admitted his set a personal sack goal prior to the season and surpassed it.

"My goal was to get as many as I could," Beasley said with a laugh. "I did say at least 15."

Beasley's breakout second season, which also included tying Oakland's Bruce Irvin for the league lead with six forced fumbles, should earn him strong Defensive Player of the Year consideration alongside Miller. Beasley teammates, Dwight Freeney, already lobbied for him.

The humble Beasley simply appreciates being mentioned around the league, especially when the praise comes from Miller. His "big brother" even talked about how proud he was to see Beasley bounce back after losing his father.

"That means so much to me, that he would even take time to keep up with my story," Beasley said of Miller. "I'm very appreciative of his thoughts and his condolences toward my family."