Teammates select Heath Miller as Steelers 2012 MVP

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PITTSBURGH —

Heath Miller's teammates voted him as the Steelers 2012 Most Valuable Player. Not only is it the first time in Miller's eight-year career that he has received the honor, but he also becomes the first tight end in team history to do so.

Channel 11's Rich Walsh reports that, in addition to announcing the MVP, the Steelers handed out some other awards as their season winds down.

Offensive lineman Mike Adams won the Joe Greene Great Performance Award given to the team's best rookie. Defensive lineman Casey Hampton won The Chief Award, which goes to the player that best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation with the media. The Chief Award was established in honor of Steelers founder Arthur J. Rooney, Sr.

Miller was not at team headquarters on Thursday to accept his MVP award. He was recovering from knee surgery conducted earlier that morning.

Miller leads the team with 71 receptions. He established career highs this season with 816 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.