Who Is Ernie Mills
Mills accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida and graduated in 1990, where he was a four-year letterman for coaches Galen Hall and coach Steve Spurrier from 1987-90. As a senior, Mills was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a wide receiver, and a team captain of the Gators squad that finished with a 9–2 overall record and a best-in-the-SEC mark of 6–1. He tied for team-high honors with 770 yards receiving, and led the squad with 10 touchdowns in 1990.
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Mills in the third round (73rd pick overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft and Mills played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for six seasons (1991-96). He had his best NFL season in 1995, when he caught 39 passes for 679 yards and eight touchdowns, helping the Steelers gain a berth in Super Bowl XXX (Dallas Cowboys won, 27-17). Mills later played for the Carolina Panthers in 1997, and the Dallas Cowboys in 1998 and 1999. He finished his nine-year professional career with 196 receptions for 2,934 yards and 20 touchdowns.
As a member of the Cowboys in 1999, Mills was recognized with the Ed Block Courage Award, which honors NFL players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. This award is unique in that the recipients are selected solely by a vote of their teammates. Every fall all 32 teams conduct a vote which results in each team selecting their Ed Block Courage Award recipient for the year.