Lawrence Anthony Miller (born April 15, 1965) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Tennessee.
Miller initially accepted a track & field scholarship from San Diego State, but transferred after one semester to Pasadena City College, when the coaches refused to allow him to play football in addition to running track.
In 1985, he became the state junior college champion in the 100 and 200 meters. He also had a break-out year in football, when he caught 47 passes for 881 yards and 9 touchdowns, rushed once for 63 yards and a touchdown, and returned 25 kickoffs for 786 yards. His 1,728 all-purpose yards led all California junior college players, and he was named to the junior college All-American team.
Miller played at Tennessee during an era when the school garnered its reputation as “Wide Receiver U,” with receivers such Anthony Hancock, Willie Gault, and Tim McGee preceding Miller as 1st-round NFL draft picks. Three of Miller’s teammates in the Vol receiving corps— Joey Clinkscales, Alvin Harper and Anthony Morgan— would also become NFL draftees. Despite consistent competition for playing time, Miller amassed 765 yards and 5 touchdowns on 47 catches in just 17 games for the Vols, and returned 25 kickoffs for 547 yards.
Splitting time with the veteran Clinkscales during the 1986 season, Miller caught 36 passes for a team-leading 667 yards and 5 touchdowns, and returned 24 kickoffs for 522 yards. In his debut against New Mexico, he caught 5 passes for 80 yards, and caught 5 passes for 66 yards in his SEC debut against Mississippi State. In Tennessee’s loss to Auburn, Miller provided the Vols’ lone touchdown, catching a screen pass from Randy Sanders and racing 60 yards to the end zone. Miller caught a 70-yard touchdown pass and returned 6 kickoffs for a school-record 126 yards in Tennessee’s loss to Alabama. He had a 44-yard touchdown catch against Memphis State, and caught touchdown passes of 51 yards and 50 yards against Vanderbilt. He caught 6 passes for 72 yards in Tennessee’s 21–14 win over Minnesota in the 1986 Liberty Bowl. Furthermore, he also practiced track.
During the 1987 season, Miller injured his knee in the opener against Iowa, he missed 5 games and struggled with injuries throughout the season. Playing sparingly in just six games, he finished the regular season with 11 catches for 98 yards, and returned only one kickoff for 25 yards. In Tennessee’s 27–22 win over Indiana in the 1988 Peach Bowl, Miller caught 5 passes for 78 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.