In a season of struggle, Von Miller still went with the gift of giving

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – In a season of growing struggles for the Denver Broncos and with the team currently mired in an eight-game losing streak, linebacker Von Miller still kept to his holiday tradition.

As he has done in each of the previous two seasons, Miller went all in for the holidays. This time around Miller gave all of his teammates dual-temperature mattress toppers – they either heat or cool – that can check in at just over $1,000 each for the king size models. Thursday, each player, including practice squad players and players on injured reserve, had the gift in front of his locker.

“I just like doing stuff for my teammates, it just makes me feel good, a little selfishly," Miller said. “I just feel good whenever I give stuff for other people. ... I just wanted to do stuff for my guys. ... I’ve been using it all year and I love it and some of my guys, especially offensive linemen who conduct a lot of body heat in the bed. Just looking out for my guys."

Last season Miller gave every player in the AFC West, including practice-squad players and players on injured reserve, a custom bottle of wine. The more than 200 bottles of wine were each shipped with a note from Miller.

In 2015, Miller gave each of his Broncos’ teammates a custom bottle of whiskey to go with designer underwear. Asked at the time why he would give his teammates underwear he said because "it's useful" and “increases blood flow to the area."

Miller signed a $114.5 million contract just before the 2016 season. He is one sack away from his sixth season of at least 10 sacks, and some with the Broncos believe he may be having his best overall season despite the attention he has received from opposing offenses in the form of double- and triple-teams.