Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year on Wednesday. It is difficult to argue with the selection, although one could say that most of the adversity from which he had to come back was self-inflicted.
There are no official team awards for individual team comeback players but that doesn’t mean that we can’t award one.
Below are my thoughts on who might be a worth recipient of the award and a poll for you to vote on your choice. If you’d like, explain your choice in the comments. If you think that anyone else deserves the award, hit the comments section and let me know.
OT Jammal Brown—He watched his Saints win the Super Bowl from the sideline last year as he was on injured reserve with a hip injury. While Brown didn’t regain the form that earned him two Pro Bowl invitations, he did start 14 games and improved as the year went on.
RB Ryan Torain—After spending the 2009 season out of football, Torain led the Redskins in rushing with 742 yards. The total was impressive considering that he was not on the roster the first two games of the year and that he missed four and a half games due to a hamstring injury.
TE Chris Cooley—A broken ankle knocked Cooley out for the last half of the 2009 season, the first games that he had missed during his NFL career. Cooley rebounded to catch 77 passes for 849 yards.
QB Rex Grossman—After starting one game in a span of three years, Grossman got his chance the last three games of the year and acquitted himself fairly well. He may have turned his three-game stint into a starting job for at least part of the 2011 season.
DE Adam Carriker—The 2009 season was lost to Carriker due to a shoulder injury. After being traded to the Redskins he started all 16 games a left defensive end, recording 59 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 14 QB hurries, 3 passes defensed and recovered a fumble.