Running back Lonyae Miller joined the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 as an undrafted free agent. He spent most of the season on the Cowboys' practice squad before being called up late in the year to the active roster.
He went into training camp in 2011 with a chance to be the third running back behind Felix Jones and DeMarco Murray. Some even thought he was a better fit that Jones as the time. But he was surpassed in camp by Phillip Tanner and released.
He spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks in the time before landing on the Ravens' practice squad this past season, putting him in New Orleans for Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
Asked to compare the Ravens to the Cowboys, Miller didn’t hesitate in saying they have better team chemistry and a better atmosphere.
“It’s a different atmosphere,” Miller said. “A different group of guys. The team chemistry here is a lot different. They laugh, they joke. It’s a relaxed environment. But what I like is they are all about business here. You have your fun, you do your thing, but when it's time to buckle up and strap up and play ball, they know how to turn it up.”
Miller said the atmosphere was more uptight in Dallas; he sometimes felt as if he were walking on egg shells.
But in Baltimore, “it’s a different culture. It allows guy to relax and not be so uptight. To be yourself and allow your personality to come through.”
“Things didn’t work out like I thought they would in Dallas,” Miller said. “I’m just blessed to have the opportunity to be in Baltimore and at the Super Bowl. I’m excited.”