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Niners FB Miller excited to face Lewis for first time in career

Posted on 28 January 2013 by WNST Staff

FULLBACK BRUCE MILLER

(on how Head Coach Jim Harbaugh inspires him to play well) “He inspires me, but other guys do it too. For guys like Frank (Gore), when you see the way they practice you don’t have a choice but to block as hard as you can for them. It’s much more of a respect thing for them.”

(on how difficult it is to play offense depending on what things Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman asks him to do) “I get to do a lot of different things because I’m not just running downhill and hitting guys; I get to block and get in different schemes. I love this offense. I think we all take pride in being intelligent football players, so the more they can give us the more we can do, so we take pride in that.”

(on whether or not he would let his son play football, if he had a son) “We’re playing football. I started really young so I’d like to get him started really young and get him going.”

(on if the reports about head collisions dissuades him from letting his son play football, if he had a son) “I think it’s actually getting better with the way trainers are dealing with it. It can only get better with the advancements in technology.”

(on how LaMichael James performed this season and what it was like to be part of the touchdown against Atlanta) “He’s been great to come in and do the things he’s done. The way he runs the football for us has been a huge lift on our offense with him being as explosive as he is.”

(on when he found out that he would no longer be a defensive player and be a fullback instead) “It was kind of up in the air for a while and we kind of flipped sides during training camp. I was playing a little bit of defense and a little bit of offense and I think they just went with whichever one they thought I fit best in, which was fullback.”

(on his description of Coach Jim Harbaugh’s personality) “He’s just a fanatic about the game. He loves football, loves coaching and loves all his players so he gives everything he has as a coach.”

(on what it feels like to come back to the same venue where he won earlier this season) “I’m excited about it. I love playing on the turf and playing in the dome, but hopefully we’ll have a few more fans this time.”

(on how Frank Gore has inspired him) “His work ethic is inspirational. When you see him in the facility, the weight room and the practice field- everyone knows he’s a good football player on Sunday- but his work ethic the other times is what we see. He pushes everyone to be a better football player.”

(on President Obama saying the game of football has gotten too violent) “It is a violent game, but not too violent. Guys are big and explosive players so the game is violent, but I don’t know about too violent. I think they are taking caution to be careful and concerned for the players safety and taking that into account more.”

(on switching to Colin Kaepernick at quarterback and if that opens things up for him) “I don’t know if it’s opened up any more than it was before. I think Colin has opened the offense up with his legs a whole lot more when we do our option plays, so that’s a switch. I think Frank runs the football the same way no matter what play.”

(on if the 49ers and the Ravens are two of the most physical teams in the league) “I think we like to think that we’re a physical team, but I guess on Sunday we will see.”

(on the way Alex Smith was able to handle his emotion) “He’s just a great team player. He’s a professional with the way he’s handled this. He’s been nothing but encouraging for our team and for Colin.”

(on whether he was nervous going into the Chicago game to see how Colin Kaepernick would play) “I don’t think I was unsure. I was more excited for him to show what he could do. I know that around our facility guys knew what he could do and had confidence in knowing he could make plays for us, which is what he showed them.”

(on what Colin Kaepernick is like outside of the game as well as during the game) “He’s definitely more reserved off the field. I actually lived with Colin for a little bit and he’s very to himself, but when he gets in between the lines he definitely gets fired up. He’s a fiery leader for our football team.”

(on how he made the switch from defense to offense) “I think the main difference is guys are a little bit closer. They’re two to three yards away from each other, and it’s different when you have to run eight to 10 yards to make contact with somebody. I’m still learning and working.”

(on how exciting it is for Colin Kaepernick to develop into a player that people are paying attention to) “I’m happy for him that he’s been able to show his talents. In practice you are able to see his physical talents that he has but it’s great for him to just to go out and show that in the Super Bowl.”

(on the winning culture Coach Jim Harbaugh has brought) “From day one, he just coaches football and expects his players to come out and practice and lift weights every day. He expects us to prepare during the week, and guys take those things seriously, which is why I think we’re sitting here now.”

(on how he feels about his position as a fullback being an endangered species in the league) “I think the fullback position in our offense is very important and I’m not even the only one that plays it on our team. We do a lot in the position because a lot of guys move around.”

(on how important the 49ers history is and what kind of legacy they are able to leave this year) “It’s huge and you get the feeling when you’re walking around in the city and fans come up to you and they’re so excited. They want us to bring this winning tradition back to San Francisco. It’s exciting, and we want to do that for them.”

(on if this game is more special by playing against someone like Ray Lewis) “Yeah, he and a lot of their guys are high class defenders in the NFL who have played for a long time. Last time we played them I actually didn’t get to play in the game because I was out, so this is the first time I get to play the Ravens and I’m excited.”

(on how strict curfew will be since they are in New Orleans so close to Bourbon Street) “We have curfew put in place every night this week starting tonight.”

(on his favorite Super Bowl memory) “I am a big Falcons fan so watching them play the Broncos was pretty cool. Also, the one with the Rams and Titans was great, but this will definitely be the best one.”

(on how it feels to finally be at the Super Bowl) “It is so special because it’s such a long season where you put in so much work. When you finally get to the post-season you never know what is going to happen. To make it through the games and to this point, it is finally starting to sink in. When we practiced last week at the facility we were even still shocked coming off the win in Atlanta, so it’s really starting to set in that we are at the Super Bowl.”

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