K-State Wildcats Football: obituary of former QB Matt Miller

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Former Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Matt Miller, center, with parents Les and Joyce Miller.

Former Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Matt Miller, center, with parents Les and Joyce Miller.

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Matt Miller, former Kansas State Wildcats quarterback and baseball player, died Saturday night at the age of 49.

Miller spent his last days in hospice care with stage four prostate cancer. Her father, Les, had died earlier this week in Oklahoma.

Miller’s passing has been mourned by many prominent names associated with K-State athletics, including former football coach Bill Snyder.

“Remarkably sad and emotional,” Snyder wrote on social media. “The loss of former KSU star Matt Miller and his father Les over the past (few) days. The two dear friends. Matt has battled cancer and other issues for many years by doing proof of incredible courage, strength, tenacity and competitive spirit.

“He did it as a player. I saw him on December 27 and he seemed incredibly upbeat, alert and mobile. He looked very normal and yet spoke of his expected death within two weeks, again demonstrating his unique strength and tenacity. Please offer your prayers that the Lord will receive both.

Miller is best remembered by K-State fans as the first starting quarterback in school history to win 10 games in a season. He accomplished this feat in 1995 throwing for 2,059 yards and 22 touchdowns.

He was efficient and hung on as a passer.

K-State beat Cincinnati 23-21 that season when Miller found Kevin Lockett for a touchdown on the last play of the game. Miller also guided K-State to a memorable victory in the Sunflower Showdown. For the only time in history, the two teams met when they placed in the top 25 and the Wildcats easily won 41-7.

The Wildcats finished the season 10-2, beating Colorado State in the Holiday Bowl.

“Keep calm Matty,” former K-State assistant and KU head coach Mark Mangino wrote on social media. “You made a difference during our time at (K-State football). Your competitive spirit and constant smile will be missed.

After serving as a K-State football player, Miller went on to become the head coach of Garden City Community College, where he coached athletes such as current Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

This story was originally published January 9, 2022 7:57 pm.

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Kellis Robinett covers Kansas State athletics for The Wichita Eagle and The Kansas City Star. Winner of more than a dozen national writing awards, he lives in Manhattan with his wife and four children.


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