A “Big 3” in football? Some players want to make it happen

Published On December 27, 2012 | By Karoline Zacharer

The idea of having a “Big Three” on an NBA team has become a common idea. The formula is simple–bring in three all-stars, make a bid for the championship. Case in point: the Celtics’ Big Three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett in 2008, and the Miami Heat’s LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh this past season.

While it’s a proven method in basketball, nothing like a Big Three has been attempted in football. However, there are some defensive young turks looking to change that. Denver’s Von Miller, the 49er’s Aldon Smith, Buffalo’s and Marcell Dareus are seemingly hatching a plan to pool their talents in the future.

“Me, Marcell Dareus and Aldon Smith, we talked about doing the whole LeBron, Wade and Bosh thing,” said Miller. “We talked about doing that somewhere down the line.”

Miller is a second-year linebacker for the Broncos and has had 17.5 sacs on the season with one game left. Smith, also in his second year in the NFL, will be going after Michael Strahan‘s season sacs record of 22.5 this week, he has 19.5 so far, just three short.  Dareus was excused for the remainder of the 2012 season after Week 4 due to his brother’s death, but had a stand out rookie season in 2011. The defensive tackle recorded 5.5 sacs last season.

No question about it, if these three players can find some viable way to get on the same team, that defense is going to be nearly unstoppable. Having the league’s two sac leaders would put them at a huge advantage. If I were a quarterback, I would be terrified. It’s definitely a long-shot, but if a football Big Three comes to be, watch out.

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Karoline Zacharer is a senior at Bridgewater State University majoring in communications. For the past four years, she has covered everything from football to women's lacrosse as a reporter for BSU's Bears Sports Network. She has also written minor league baseball news for SoxProspects.com. You can follow Karoline on Twitter at @KarolineZ.