Former Hawkeye Josey Jewell receives high praise from NFL superstar
Josey Jewell earned plenty of award, accolades and recognition during his four-year career at Iowa. His aggressive and physical style of play turned him into a household name across B1G country.
Now, the former Hawkeyes linebacker is turning some heads at the professional level and is already earned the respect of his teammates.
Jewell earned a pretty high honor this weekend, receiving extraordinary praise from one of the NFL’s top defenders. According to Zac Stevens of BSN Denver, Broncos linebacker Von Miller has some really positive things to say about his rookie teammate.
“You talking about Red Beard,” Miller said, according to Stevens. “That’s one of my favorite rookies. He’s going to play in the league for a long time.”
Von Miller on Josey Jewell: “You talking about Red Beard? That’s one of my favorite rookies… He’s going to play in the league for a long time”
— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) August 4, 2018
That isn’t just great teammate talk. Miller is a six-time Pro Bowler and a former Super Bowl champion and MVP. He’s probably not going to sugarcoat too many things, especially when it comes to his defensive teammates.
Considering how dominant Jewell was on the college field, it’s not surprising that he’s finding success at the NFL level. But earning the respect of his Pro Bowl teammates is still really impressive.
Last season, Jewell was a unanimous First-Team All-American and All-B1G selection. He was the recipient of the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Jack Lambert Award and was also named the B1G’s Linebacker of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
Jewell finished the 2017 season with 136 tackles, 13.5 stops for loss, two interceptions and 11 pass deflections. In four seasons with the Hawkeyes, the linebacker tallied 437 stops.
Jewell was selected by the Denver Broncos in the fourth-round of the 2018 NFL Draft, being selected with the No. 106 pick.