DL Coach Keith Millard

Coach Millard has spent the last eleven years coaching in the NFL as a defensive line coach and pass rush specialist for the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Tennessee Titans. Currently, Keith is taking time off from the NFL to work on his personal coaching business and to shoot some training videos with My Football Mentor.

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Coach Millard’s resume as a player is vast. He was born in Pleasanton, CA and was a linebacker at Foothill High School in the same city. He attended Washington State University where he was voted First Team All-Pac 10 as a senior and won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10’s top defensive lineman.

Coach Millard was a first round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1984, the 13th overall pick. He was also drafted by the Arizona Wranglers of the United States Football League in 1984. He was traded and played one season with the Jacksonville Bulls in 1985. Coach Millard ended up ranked second in the USFL with 12 sacks and was voted to the All-USFL team.

Coach Millard joined the Vikings in 1985 as a rookie and burst onto the scene by leading the team with 11 sacks as a defensive end. In 1986 he had another stellar year with 10.5 sacks.

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In 1989 Coach Millard moved to defensive tackle and set (what is still the current) NFL record for sacks by an interior lineman at 18. He went to his second consecutive Pro Bowl that year and was named to his third consecutive All-Pro honor. In 2010 Coach Millard was voted 21st on the list of the Top 50 All-Time Minnesota Vikings as a part of the team’s 50th anniversary.

Career Highlights

  • 1983 Pac 10 Defensive Lineman of the Year
  • 1984 First Round Draft Pick by the Minnesota Vikings
  • 1989 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
  • 1989 NFL MVP Runner-Up to Joe Montana
  • 1988/89 NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year (Mackey Award)
  • 1988 and 1989 NFL Pro Bowler
  • 1987, 88, 89 NFL All-Pro
  • Current NFL Record Holder for Sacks by an Interior Lineman (18)

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