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Justin Miller
No. 22, 21, 43     
Return Specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-02-14) February 14, 1984 (age 37)
Place of birth: Owensboro, Kentucky
Career information
College: Clemson
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Jets ( 2005 2008)
Career highlights and awards
* Pro Bowl (2006)
Total tackles     99
Forced fumbles     1
Fumble recoveries     1
Total return yards     3,966
Total touchdowns     5
Stats at

Justin Matthew Miller (born February 14, 1984) is a former American football player who was a cornerback and return specialist in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons. After playing college football for Clemson University, he was drafted by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played for the Jets from 2005 to 2008, the Oakland Raiders from 2008 to 2009, the Jets again in 2009, and the Detroit Lions in 2012. He was selected to the Pro Bowl with the Jets in 2006.

Early years

Miller attended Owensboro High School in Owensboro, Kentucky. While there, he was a two-time All-State, All-Area, All-Conference, and All-Region pick, and as a senior, he won USA Today All-American Honorable Mention honors. Rated as the #1 or #2 player in the state of Kentucky by numerous publications. Was rated as the #9 Athlete in the Country by Super-Prep as a senior and also the #11 CB in the nation by ESPN. He also starred in track, and was the state long jump champion as a junior, along with running a personal best of 10.48 seconds on the 100 meter dash. Miller also played in two state championship games with Owensboro High School. Miller was a standout Tail Back and even seen time at the QB position while in high school.

College career

While attending Clemson University, Miller played for the Clemson Tigers football team (2001-2004). He was a three-year starter before declaring early for the NFL Draft. While at Clemson, Miller managed to finish with 13 interceptions and tied a single season record by recording eight interceptions as a true freshman. Miller also set a single season record against Florida State by returning two kickoffs for touchdowns and racking up 282 return yards, an NCAA record.

Professional career

First stint with Jets

Miller was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2005 NFL Draft (25th pick) by the New York Jets. As a rookie, Justin Miller made his impact as kick returner. He compiled 1,577 yards with a 26.3 yard average along with a touchdown. In 2006, Miller averaged 30.1 yards with 2 touchdowns. On October 1, 2006, in a game versus the Indianapolis Colts, Miller scored the longest touchdown in Jets history at the time (it has since been surpassed by a 106-yard return by Brad Smith), on a 103-yard kick return kicked off by Martin Gramatica. For his efforts, Miller earned a Pro Bowl selection as the AFC's kick returner. During the 2007 Pro Bowl festivities, Miller won the Fastest Man Competition.

On September 18, 2007, the Jets placed Miller on injured reserve due to a season-ending knee injury he suffered in the Jets 20-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.[1] The Jets waived Miller on November 11, 2008 after cornerback Ty Law was signed.

Oakland Raiders

Miller was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Raiders on November 12, 2008. In a Thursday Night Football game against the San Diego Chargers, Miller had a 92-yard kick return for a touchdown at the end of the first half. The following week, Miller ran another kick back for a touchdown for 91 yards against the New England Patriots. Miller was named NFL Special Teams Player of the Month for the month of December. After visiting the Tennessee Titans in the off-season, Justin Miller signed a two-year contract with the Oakland Raiders. He was released on September 5, 2009 along with several other players. On September 30, 2009, Miller was re-signed by the Raiders. However, he was released on October 7.

Second stint with Jets

On October 27, 2009, the New York Jets re-signed Miller.[2] He was expected to replace Leon Washington, who had a season-ending injury during week 7 against the Oakland Raiders, as the team's kick returner. However, he was waived on November 28, 2009.

Arizona Cardinals

Miller signed with the Arizona Cardinals on May 3, 2010. Miller competed with LaRod Stephens-Howling for the starting kick return spot, but lost out and was released during final cuts on September 3, 2010.

Detroit Lions

After being out of football for two years, Miller signed with the Detroit Lions.[3][4][5] On August 31, 2012, he was released.[6] On October 22, 2012, he was re-signed by the Detroit Lions.[7] On October 30, 2012, he was released after the team acquired Wide receiver Mike Thomas from the Jacksonville Jaguars.[8]

NFL statistics

2005 NYJ 16 42 34 8 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2006 NYJ 16 53 46 7 0.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
2007 NYJ 2 2 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 NYJ 1 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 OAK 7 1 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 42 99 82 17 0.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8


  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed


  1. "Jets lose Pro Bowl returner Miller for rest of year". September 18, 2007. Retrieved October 3, 2009.
  3. "Drew Coleman, Justin Miller in fold". Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  4. "Lions sign Justin Miller, Drew Coleman to add depth at cornerback". Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  5. "Lions add two veteran cornerbacks". Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  6. "Today's Lions cuts: Roster now trimmed to 56, plus more". Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  7. "Lions sign previously released CB Justin Miller before playing Bears on Monday Night Football". Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  8. "Lions trade for Mike Thomas from Jaguars, release Justin Miller". Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  9. "Justin Miller Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 27, 2015.

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