Ernie Mills played college football for the University of Florida, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 1991 draft. Mills was a wide receiver and return specialist who played total of six seasons with the Steelers from 1991-1996. The best season Mills had was in 1995 when he had over 2,000 all-purpose yards and helped the Steelers gain a berth in Super Bowl XXX.
During the Super Bowl Mills tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, which hurt him most of his 1996 season. In 1997, Mills was a free agent and was picked up by the Carolina Panthers. Then in 1998, was picked up by Dallas Cowboys where there he was reunited with Chan Gailey who was his offensive coordinator with the Steelers. Mills would finish third in receiving yards behind Michael Irvin and Billy Davis that season.
Mills finished his nine-year NFL career with 196 catches for 2,934 yards and twenty touchdowns.
Talking with Ernie Mills!
Where do you live now? Florida
What are you up to these days? Trying to build my foundation
What is your fondest memory about playing in the NFL? So many but if I had to say one it would be the super bowl
Why do you think you made it when so many others have tried, but failed to make in the in the NFL? It’s a blessing first then a gift and a lot of hard work and mental thoughts
Do you have aches and pains from playing? Yes. everyday multiple aches and pain
Do you still keep in touch with any of your teammates? Yes a few of them
Is their any difference between the NFL when you played and now? If so, what the biggest difference? They enforce the rules a little more and much better facilities
If you could rewind your NFL experience would you change anything? I don’t think about changing anything but I would have stayed with the Steelers my entire career.
What advice would you give any kid that has a dream of playing in the National Football League? Think about getting that degree first. Keep the game fun and compete and give 100% with each workout, practice and game. Be a teammate.
Any final thoughts? Thanks for the interview