Von Miller’s Transformation Driven By Kobe, MJ, COVID-19 Posted by Jeremy Anderson Date: August 04, 2020 17 Views Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller says his offseason transformation that includes a buffer body was driven by four very different factors. The first was a determination to play better than he did last season. The second was the death of basketball icon Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash in January. After that Miller contracted the coronavirus. And during his recovery from COVID-19 he watched Michael Jordan’s documentary “The Last Dance.” All these factors led Miller to reflect on his own leadership qualities and his legacy.