Well, America's golden boy, Tom Brady, won the 2009 Comeback Player of the Year award.
Congrats to Tommy boy, but let's run down the list to see, at least, where our Texas ex, Mr. Heisman, Ricky Williams lands on the list....
|Tom Brady, QB, New England||19|
|Carnell Williams, RB, Tampa Bay||14|
|Vince Young, QB, Tennessee||7|
|Cedric Benson, RB, Cincinnati||4|
|Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota||4|
|Anthony Hargrove, DE, New Orleans||1|
Wow. Just wow. Not only is Ricky nowhere to be seen, but somehow Brett Favre shows up on the list as if he ever "went" anywhere to warrant a comeback.
Apparently, all you need to do is be injured one year, then come back to play - not necessarily better than you've ever played before, but just come back.
I've got nothing but love for Cedric Benson - he had a HUGE turnaround year, and is as equally deserving as Vince Young or Ricky Williams to have won this. But no questions asked in my opinion - Ricky Williams made a bigger comeback than anyone else this year, and was more pivotal to his team.
This was the season that he thought would be his last... this was his season to prove not that he's necessarily one of the top backs in the league, but just that he had his life together and was ready to give his team all that he could. And doggoneit, he did it. And he gets no recognition.
Does anyone see this list as being justified?