|NFL awards from the Associated Press|
The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press (AP) to a player in the National Football League (NFL). While the criteria for the award is imprecise, it is typically given to a player who has overcome adversity from the previous season—such as an injury or poor performance—and performed at a high level. The winner is selected by a nationwide panel of media personnel. Since 2011, the award has been presented at the NFL Honors ceremony held the day before the Super Bowl. In 2017 the award was presented by McDonald's.
The AP first recognized an NFL comeback player of the year from 1963 to 1966, but these players are typically not included in overall lists of winners. The AP did not give the award again until the 1998 season. The only player to be recognized multiple times is quarterback Chad Pennington, who received the award in 2006 with the New York Jets and again in 2008 with the Miami Dolphins.
|1963||Martin, JimJim Martin||Placekicker||Baltimore Colts|||
|1964||Moore, LennyLenny Moore||Halfback||Baltimore Colts|||
|1965||Brodie, JohnJohn Brodie||Quarterback||San Francisco 49ers|||
|1966||Bass, DickDick Bass||Fullback||Los Angeles Rams|||
|1998||Flutie, DougDoug Flutie||Quarterback||Buffalo Bills|||
|1999||Young, BryantBryant Young||Defensive tackle||San Francisco 49ers|||
|2000||Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson||Defensive end||New Orleans Saints|||
|2001||Hearst, GarrisonGarrison Hearst||Running back||San Francisco 49ers|||
|2002||Maddox, TommyTommy Maddox||Quarterback||Pittsburgh Steelers|||
|2003||Kitna, JonJon Kitna||Quarterback||Cincinnati Bengals|||
|2004||Brees, DrewDrew Brees||Quarterback||San Diego Chargers|||
|2005||Smith, SteveSteve Smith
Bruschi, TedyTedy Bruschi
New England Patriots
|2006||Pennington, ChadChad Pennington||Quarterback||New York Jets|||
|2007||Ellis, GregGreg Ellis||Defensive end||Dallas Cowboys|||
|2008||Pennington, ChadChad Pennington (2)||Quarterback||Miami Dolphins|||
|2009||Brady, TomTom Brady||Quarterback||New England Patriots|||
|2010||Vick, MichaelMichael Vick||Quarterback||Philadelphia Eagles|||
|2011||Stafford, MatthewMatthew Stafford||Quarterback||Detroit Lions|||
|2012||Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning||Quarterback||Denver Broncos|||
|2013||Rivers, PhilipPhilip Rivers||Quarterback||San Diego Chargers|||
|2014||Gronkowski, RobRob Gronkowski||Tight end||New England Patriots|||
|2015||Berry, EricEric Berry||Safety||Kansas City Chiefs|||
|2016||Nelson, JordyJordy Nelson||Wide receiver||Green Bay Packers|||
This is a good spot for a reminder that the Comeback Player of the Year criteria is, well, not exactly precise.
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