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Top NFL draft pick makes appearance at school fundraiser

Cameron Smith
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What would you do if you had recently been picked second overall in the NFL draft? If you're anything like Von Miller, you'd hightail it back to your high school alma mater to take part in a charity fundraiser.

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Former DeSoto stars Von Miller and Sydney Carter

Former DeSoto stars Von Miller and Sydney Carter

According to the Focus Daily News and other sources, former Texas A&M linebacker, Dick Butkus Award winner and recent top draft pick of the Denver Broncos Von Miller was back at DeSoto (Texas) High, where he starred for years, for a recent football alumni game that serves as a fundraiser for a DeSoto football player who suffered a spinal cord injury during spring football practice in 2010.

The event is organized by NFL cornerback Ellis Hobbs, and traditionally has drawn well among both professional players and other DeSoto alumni. This year, there was little doubt that Miller would be the big attraction once it was announced that he would make an appearance.

Perhaps "make an appearance" is an understatement, given Miller's choice of attire. Despite donning the same Eagle's Landing alumni game shirt that everyone else taking part in the event wore, Miller still managed to show off his highly refined guns with cut-off sleeves and still add a sheen of chic with his traditional pair of terrific hipster glasses, as you can see above.

The DeSoto Independent School District presented Miller and recently crowned NCAA girls basketball champ Sydney Carter -- both of whom attended Texas A&M -- with special awards of merit for their collegiate accomplishments and the acclaim that they brought their high school alma mater in the process. We'll let you guess who is who in the photo above.

The event was a nice gesture all around. The DeSoto ISD didn't have to present Miller with a special honor to get him to show up at a charity event, but it did anyway. Perhaps more significantly, Miller certainly didn't need to show up at the event, but he did anyway because it was the right thing to do.

That, more than anything else, has to make Broncos fans feel good about their newest linebacker, even if he's yet to take one step on a field for the team yet.

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