For several years, Zach Miller has written songs and performed for his family. Former Bears Reach out shared his musical abilities with others around the world for the first time on Friday.
Miller released his first single, “How Ya Like Us Now”. This is a bright country music song inspired by locals in his small town who suspected he would reach the NFL.
“I received a lot of support [from] “My family and friends were my main group,” said Miller, who grew up in a village in Weston, Nebraska, with a population of around 300. Never succeed, he won’t do that, he won’t. .
“What is this song? [is] about. I have heard them all. I have heard all the suspicions and all the negative opinions. But I didn’t care because I knew what I wanted to do, and I was going to watch it and do everything to make it happen. “
Miller has come a unique path to the NFL. A Nebraska Omaha quarterback, he quickly turned to the tight end after being named Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. His in his new college job. My only experience was the Division II all-star game, the Cactus Bowl.
Miller played 66 games in three seasons with the Jaguars, starting 33 games and scoring 45 assists, 470 yards and 4 touchdowns. However, he missed the next three years, mostly due to injury.
Miller rejuvenated his Bears career in 2015, catching 34 passes and recording 439 yards and 5 touchdowns. He won 486 yards and 4 touchdowns on 47 receptions in 2016. However, in the middle of the 2017 season, he ended his NFL career with a catastrophic injury in a game in New Orleans, nearly losing. his leg.
Miller turned to music to fill the crucial void in life without football.
“I started writing many years ago, but since I was injured it had a therapeutic effect, so I started to write more and more and became fond of it.
Miller wrote about 30 songs. He recorded “How Ya Like Us Now” at Dark River Studios in Nashville, owned by his friend Colt Capperrune. Miller then performs twice on May 1 and 7 at the Good Life Sports Bar and Grill near his home in Omaha.
Previously, Miller played music for his friend and former Bears teammate Jay Cutler, who stopped by Miller’s in Nebraska on a road trip across the country. ..
“It was actually my first time playing music for someone other than my family,” Miller said. “Jay said, ‘What do you mean by writing or doing that?
“I was really nervous because I wanted everyone to like him. We sat all night and had a jam session. He said, “That’s good, slow down. But now Jay is on my listening panel song, I send him in for his ideas. He knows one thing, so he honestly tells me that Will will be. “
Miller is shown on the cover of “How Ya Like Us Now” running on the beach with his wife, Kristen, the mother of a child aged 11, 9 and 3. he released his first single.
Perhaps the most striking of Miller’s new endeavors has been learning the guitar on his own by watching YouTube videos and reading books. His journey began when he received his first guitar as a Christmas present from a friend while in college.
“It’s like golf,” Miller said. “I can play shit golf all day, but if I hit it right I’ll be back. It was the guitar for me. It took me a while to get over the pain of learning how to grow – and I still am. There is a lot to learn, but now you can combine at least a few songs to play open chords and barcodes and make music. “
Miller was clearly used to sharing his music, but that wasn’t always the case.
“It was something I loved rather than what I wanted to do,” he said. “It was a hobby. It was a way for me to get out of football, all of that, just to sit down and play guitar. It was just a hobby and I really enjoyed doing it – And it turned into something more. “
Miller’s face lights up when Bears fans are often asked how they spend their time after suffering a horrific leg injury.
“One day is better than the other,” he said. “Nerve damage is lifelong and is just a common pain. Sometimes I can run with my kids, there are days when I can run with my kids, but there are days when I have to promote.
“That’s right. I’m lucky to be where I am now, as opposed to lacking or maybe legs. I chose I chose to do it. [view] Continue in that light. “