July 10, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - Former University of Arizona football player Josh Miller is among a group of nine athletes to be inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies for the Class of 2002 are scheduled for March 24, 2002.
Miller, a 6-foot-3, 227-pound punter for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has blossomed into one of the National Football League's finest punters. Since joining the Steelers in 1996, Miller has averaged no less than 41.0 yards per punt in that span. Last season, Miller ranked eighth in the league with a 43.8 punting average.
For his five-year NFL career, Miller has punted 374 times, totaled 16,254 yards and amassed a 43.5 yard average. The 1999 campaign was his best, as Miller finished the year ranked third in the NFL with a career-best 45.2 yard average and earned All-Pro honors.
Miller, a native of East Brunswick, N.J., was a two-year letterman for the Wildcats from 1990-92. He was a first team all-Pac-10 pick and a first team All-America selection by The Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America after averaging 42.7 yards per punt as a senior in 1992. That figure ranks sixth in Arizona single-season history. He averaged 40.6 yards per punt during his two-year UA career.
Prior to joining the Steelers, Miller also punted for the Baltimore Stallions of the Canadian Football League during the 1994 and 1995 campaigns, where he led the league in punting average in both seasons and was a two-time CFL All-Star.
The 10th annual Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Indiction Ceremonies will be held March 24, 2001, at the Suffolk Y JCC in Commack, N.Y. For more information on the event, please call (631) 462-9800.