Signed as a free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1974 and a nine-year veteran of the NFL with the Chiefs and Cleveland Browns, Cleo Miller was expected to provide experience and leadership to the fledgling Michigan Panthers.  As a fullback blocking for Ken Lacy, Miller would rush for 374 yards in his own right, helping guide the young Panthers to the 1983 USFL championship.  Miller would play one more season with the Panthers before retiring after the 1984 season. 

Miller was the Director of Football Operations for the short-lived Spring Football League of 1999-2000, and today he's a sales associate for Postiy Wine and Spirits in Worthington, Ohio.  He lives in nearby Bedford Heights, is married and has three children.  He's also active in several non-profit organizations including the NFL Alumni Association, the Friendly Inn Settlement, the Lions Club, the Universal Negro Improvement Association, and the Political Awareness Committee for the 11th District.  In 2002 he was inducted into the Southwestern Athletic Conference's Hall of Fame. 


Michigan Panthers,
Oakland Invaders
(depicted above when
with the Cleveland Browns)


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