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Tom Brady tops Cadillac Williams for comeback player of the year

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been named the NFL’s comeback player of the year, beating out Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams in the Associated Press poll of media members.

Brady, who came back from a serious knee injury to complete 65.7 percent of his passes for 4,398 yards, with 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, received 19 votes from the 50-member media panel.

Williams, who overcame a serious injury of his own to play all 16 games and rush for 821 yards, came in second with 14 votes.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young was third, with seven votes. Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre tied for fourth place, with four votes apiece.

New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer got one vote each.

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58 Responses to “Tom Brady tops Cadillac Williams for comeback player of the year”
  1. MNFANINAZ says: Jan 6, 2010 10:34 AM

    BOOOOOO!!!
    Shoulda been Sydney Rice.

  2. GobiasINC_1 says: Jan 6, 2010 10:35 AM

    ‘But…wha…wha..about Brett Fav-ra?’ – Vikings “fans” everywhere

  3. Fan_Of_ Four says: Jan 6, 2010 10:36 AM

    Shouldn’t this award go to Favre ? I mean he came back out of retirement…again, and again and well you get the point.
    Brady wins another award, like so what , who cares ?
    Kidding Tommy, I love you man !

  4. The Coop says: Jan 6, 2010 10:37 AM

    The four people who voted for Brett Favre should have their press credentials taken away. That is ridiculous.

  5. Pea Tear Griffin says: Jan 6, 2010 10:39 AM

    Comeback player of the year is a joke. Should be renamed, “biggest star who got injured last year and was healthy this year award.”
    Vince Young or Cedric Benson were much more deserving. Their respective careers were in the dumps.

  6. jimbofungus11 says: Jan 6, 2010 10:41 AM

    Brady’s #’s are even more impressive this year when you take into account that he had the hardest schedule of pass defenses that any QB has had in the past 17 years.

  7. Patrian says: Jan 6, 2010 10:44 AM

    The four people who voted for Brett Favre should have their press credentials taken away. That is ridiculous
    ——————————————-
    What do you mean? Being an idiot is what qualifies them to get press credentials.

  8. Dude17 says: Jan 6, 2010 10:45 AM

    Cadillac Williams should have gotten it as he was coming back from a second serious knee injury and still able to compete at a high level.

  9. danfinocchio says: Jan 6, 2010 10:45 AM

    You should have to be out 2 years with an injury (something like Garrison Heast). Otherwise its gotta go to a guy like Young or Benson who had been benched or cut before

  10. SteelCurtnDee says: Jan 6, 2010 10:47 AM

    gotta agree with pea tear.
    I don’t think it should be based on injury… The exception being maybe someone like Chad Pennington who shredded his shoulder multiple times.
    Benson CAME-BACK more than probably anyone this year.

  11. WTE says: Jan 6, 2010 10:48 AM

    Speaking of Cadillac Williams, did you know he has a brother who plays football in Spain? His name is El Dorado.
    He has another brother who plays football in France. His name is Coupe de Ville.

  12. Laxer37 says: Jan 6, 2010 10:48 AM

    Is the guy back? He looks like a shell of his former self. If he didn’t have Welker to throw 7 yard dump off passes to he wouldn’t have any stats at all.
    Brady needs to send a apology letter to Vince Young and Cedric Benson. These guys were in the NFL trash can and came back to lead their respective teams.

  13. pftandcft1 says: Jan 6, 2010 10:50 AM

    What a bunch of BS!! Caddy has blown out 2 knees and made it back as a productive rb for a bad bad team. The people who voted should be embarressed.

  14. Burnum says: Jan 6, 2010 10:50 AM

    Absolutely agree with Pea Tear Griffin.
    Returning from a season ending injury is not exactly a comeback. What Cedric Benson and Vince Young did, however, is a comeback. Their careers seemed as good as over and now they’re both stars (again). That’s a comeback. What Brett “Ego” Favre does every year is not a comeback, either. He just doesn’t want to take part in the offseason conditioning, thus retiring and returning every year just before the season starts… Vikings get overhyped because of their vocale fan base.

  15. last starfighter says: Jan 6, 2010 10:52 AM

    Congrats Tom,
    you continue to make favre fans jealous! More rings, more awards, and more morals.

  16. PolegoJim says: Jan 6, 2010 10:53 AM

    @ PeaTear and Fan of Four and Gobias
    Tom Brady recovering from a major injury is the 5th ranked QB in the league with 4398 passing yards, 66% completion rate, 28 touchdowns, and is in the playoffs. You even mentioned the guy isn’t even close to 100% either.
    Vince Young recovering simply from his own mental meltdown is the 27th ranked QB in the league with 1879 passing yards, 59% compl rate, 10 touchdowns against 7 interceptions, and is watching from home.
    Farve played well, but his ‘comeback’ if you can even call it that… was from his own horrible performance. You think if a guy just tanks it on his own one year, he should win an award the next?

  17. Hooby says: Jan 6, 2010 10:55 AM

    being out the entire season with a horiffic knee injury and then coming back and playing the way you were before the injury is a little more impressive when youre a runningback. but young deserved it the most. he wasnt injured, he was just counted out and on the bench and brought 0-6 and hopeless to 6-6 and in the playoff hunt.
    and coming back from retirement doesnt count

  18. prmpft says: Jan 6, 2010 11:07 AM

    tom brady gets caddy’s injury & you never see him again – he’s @ home watchin’ little model babies – williams’ injury was a MUCH more serious than an acl…BOOOO!!!

  19. hayward giablommi says: Jan 6, 2010 11:10 AM

    @ Pea Tear Griffin
    I have to respectfully disagree with you there.
    Take Carson Palmer, who had essentially the same horrific injury, who didn’t miss any action (other than the rest of the playoff game they lost) was back in 8 months, although it took him a long while to get back to his old self.
    Brady essentially missed an entire season and didn’t play more than a quarter in 19 months, enduring multiple surguries, the so-called pundits saying he’d never be the same and the dispicable haters praying that he never played another down in the NFL.

  20. The Hormel Row of Fame says: Jan 6, 2010 11:10 AM

    As a Vikings fan, I feel the couple of votes tossed at Favre were out of sheer boredom. He has always put up good numbers, so what did he come back from… OFF-SEASON shoulder surgery? I like the “he came back from retirement” post, that’s funny. CedBen was more deserving… almost doubling his production from the previous 3 years in ydg & TDs.

  21. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 6, 2010 11:11 AM

    I’m surprised that Courageous Ron Mexico didn’t get it.

  22. longrodvanhungendong says: Jan 6, 2010 11:12 AM

    Williams should have got it. I thought his career was over. He looked good on a bad team. Benson and Young should win the “I finally freaking get it” award. They had very impressive seasons since somebody turned on the light for them.

  23. ZombieRevolution says: Jan 6, 2010 11:14 AM

    last starfighter says:
    Congrats Tom,
    you continue to make favre fans jealous! More rings, more awards, and more morals.
    No- not really. That baby out of wedlock and then dumping the girlfriend removed any moral high ground Brady had. As for awards, Favre has many more records (good and bad). For Super Bowls, Brady has more, but they are certainly team wins (he owes a great deal to a kicker and the under-rated Pats defense). Also given is that Brady lost his last Super Bowl with the Greatest Team Ever….

  24. W0rnFl0ri0 says: Jan 6, 2010 11:18 AM

    Laxer37 says:
    January 6, 2010 10:48 AM
    Is the guy back? He looks like a shell of his former self. If he didn’t have Welker to throw 7 yard dump off passes to he wouldn’t have any stats at all.
    _______________
    Are you really this stupid?
    He had the second best season of his career, statistically.
    And what about the season Moss had?
    Again, another dumbass post by another dumbass!
    Hate on hater, hate on….

  25. favrecansuckit says: Jan 6, 2010 11:34 AM

    It was Benson’s to lose until he got hurt. Voting was close, not like this was a landslide.

  26. JollyRoger says: Jan 6, 2010 11:37 AM

    @ PolegoJim
    Keep in mind that Vince Young didn’t play the first 6 games, all of which were losses. So comparing his stats to full-time starters and noting that he’s “sitting at home” is a bit misleading.
    As far as my own thoughts, I don’t think that Brady is undeserving. Brady, Williams, Benson and Young are all great comeback stories. I guess I’d feel better about the whole thing if the vote was a little closer among those four.
    And I agree that the people who voted for Favre are idiots. He played great last year, had a huge drop off at the end of the season, switches to a dome team, and plays great the whole year. Four voters thought that was the best comeback story of the year? Seriously?
    And Carson Palmer is my favorite player, but I don’t see how you could vote for him either.

  27. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 6, 2010 11:46 AM

    “That baby out of wedlock and then dumping the girlfriend removed any moral high ground Brady had.”
    BertFarve had a baby out of wedlock but he hasn’t dumped Deanna yet… though it will probably be Deanna dumping BertFarve after she squanders his fortune when it happens.
    Then there’s the whole addiction/picking pills out of his puke thing. And the “it’s not my job” thing.

  28. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 6, 2010 11:49 AM

    “That baby out of wedlock and then dumping the girlfriend removed any moral high ground Brady had.”
    BertFarve had a baby out of wedlock but he hasn’t dumped Deanna yet… though it will probably be Deanna dumping BertFarve after she squanders his fortune when it happens.
    Then there’s the whole addiction/picking pills out of his puke thing. And the “it’s not my job” thing. And the annual BertFarve retirement traveling circus.

  29. BadNewsKennels says: Jan 6, 2010 11:50 AM

    BRETT FAVRE?
    I was unaware peter king had multiple votes
    He came back from what, a terrible final 4 games of the season? Its a joke that he even received one vote.

  30. rollingsteel says: Jan 6, 2010 11:55 AM

    What a shocker! Tom Brady continues to get his ass kissed by the League. I mean it ia pretty effing pathetic when he motions for a flag and they throw when the guy simply snarled at him. Take away Moss along with Welker and let’s see how good he is. Buck Frady!

  31. Hap says: Jan 6, 2010 11:55 AM

    If that’s true then Brett could have 6 “Comeback POY’s”.

  32. Voice of Football says: Jan 6, 2010 11:56 AM

    I agree that Cadillac Williams should have won, and that his comeback from two catastrophic knee injuries, that were bad enough to be career enders, and to start 16 games for the first time in his career easily outdoes anything Tom Brady did. Especially since Tom Brady got to have personal foul flags thrown at his personal request.
    Cedric Benson’s comeback is a good one, but remember that he was playing for the Bengals for most of last season and basically carried on from where he left off for them… just with a better level of offense around him once Carson Palmer came back.
    Vince Young’s comeback is the only one that challenges Cadillac’s, in my opinion. His career was seemingly over at the beginning of the season, and it was more a question of when, not if, he was going to be cut. The Titans go 0-6, Jeff Fisher seems done for, and then VY helps take the team back to finish 8-8 along with the incredible Chris Johnson. That’s a comeback… rather than Brady and the Patriots doing exactly what they were expected to do (in fact I think the Patriots and Brady underperformed this season).

  33. W0rnFl0ri0 says: Jan 6, 2010 12:17 PM

    rollingsteel says:
    January 6, 2010 11:55 AM
    What a shocker! Tom Brady continues to get his ass kissed by the League. I mean it ia pretty effing pathetic when he motions for a flag and they throw when the guy simply snarled at him. Take away Moss along with Welker and let’s see how good he is. Buck Frady!
    ———–
    Some of you people really are morons!!
    Take away Regie Wayne and Dallas Clark and see if Peyton puts up the same numbers.
    Or take Larry Fitzgerald away from Kurt Warner. Every great QB has good WR.
     
    Nice try, DUMBASS!!

  34. JoeSixPack says: Jan 6, 2010 12:19 PM

    With Brady playing with 3 broken ribs, a broken finger, a still hurting knee and who knows what else – is he eligible for this award again next year?

  35. shamemaker says: Jan 6, 2010 12:22 PM

    Vince Young made a comeback. Brady performed worse than his back up last year.

  36. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 6, 2010 12:22 PM

    I think Obama should have won with Favre and Manning being my runners up.

  37. I♥Patriots says: Jan 6, 2010 12:25 PM

    Are you people all fu#king retarded? Almost every receiver asks for a flag on every play. Sometimes they get it. Tom asks for one flag for a low hit and everyone thinks he controls everything in the NFL. He asked for one last week…did he get it? NO. ONE TIME he wanted a flag for a legitimate reason and everyone bitched about it.
    Stop hating!!!!
    Brady has had his second best statistical year and everyone says he sucks.
    Oh… and the baby out of wedlock cracks…that probably would include 3/4ths of the NFL. Get over it, he takes care of his kid.
    Congratulations Tommy!!! You deserve it!!!!!!!

  38. irishassassin3620 says: Jan 6, 2010 12:42 PM

    @rollingsteel
    do you forget that brady has won 3 superbowls without welker and moss. so instead give respect were its due .

  39. Katmanduu says: Jan 6, 2010 12:43 PM

    There’s the league licking Brady’s nads again. He hasn’t been through half of what Caddilac has been through (OK….maybe half….Caddilac has overcome TWO serious knee injuries).

  40. SDB0ltz says: Jan 6, 2010 12:44 PM

    Tom Brady could have thrown 3 passes for 3 INT’s and still would have gotten the award.
    Brady and Manning = The NFL’s butt buddies.

  41. W0rnFl0ri0 says: Jan 6, 2010 12:49 PM

    shamemaker says:
    January 6, 2010 12:22 PM
    Vince Young made a comeback. Brady performed worse than his back up last year.
    —————
    How did he performe worse than his backup?
    Vince Young please, this sorry ass headcase couldn’t
    win the starting job in preseason.

  42. 123456 says: Jan 6, 2010 12:54 PM

    The NFL is also going to lobby for Brady to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
    Their argument is:
    1st. Its Tom Brady
    2nd. He didn’t end any wars but he didn’t start any either.

  43. scrapdawg12 says: Jan 6, 2010 12:59 PM

    Brady could have went 0 and 16 on the year with 30 INT’s and 5 TD’s and I guarantee you the NFL would have given him this award. Cadillac Williams deserved it more. Try tearing both knees up Tom and coming back. Instead Tom, your always on your knees making them stronger. The No Fun League strikes again.

  44. I♥Patriots says: Jan 6, 2010 1:09 PM

    # Katmanduu says: January 6, 2010 12:43 PM
    There’s the league licking Brady’s nads again. He hasn’t been through half of what Caddilac has been through (OK….maybe half….Caddilac has overcome TWO serious knee injuries).
    The league didn’t vote on this award. They have nothing to do with who gets it.

  45. Laxer37 says: Jan 6, 2010 1:18 PM

    W0rnFl0ri0 says:
    Are you really this stupid?
    He had the second best season of his career, statistically.
    And what about the season Moss had?
    Again, another dumbass post by another dumbass!
    Hate on hater, hate on….
    _______________________________
    Calm down man, I never said you had to take the Tom Brady posters off your wall. I just made an observation that the guy looks like a shell of his former self. The same observation made every week on TV’s outside of Boston.
    As for Moss, didn’t the guy almost implode a couple weeks back when the media called him out for not trying?
    You look foolish if you don’t at least try to have an objective opinion.

  46. jjared1101 says: Jan 6, 2010 1:24 PM

    Agreed that Cadillac was more deserving. Cadillac relies almost solely on his legs for his production. Obviously a QB needs his legs but it would be like Brady having career threatening shoulder injuries to compare him to what Cadillac overcame.

  47. Sasquash says: Jan 6, 2010 1:34 PM

    V.Young are you smoking crack? The guy was a nice story but no way in hell did he deserve it. The guy came back from what? Being a headcase. Same thing with Benson. These two wackjobs had to come back or they would be out of work. They should be given an award for just barley not being a bust. Brady did come back nice, but I have to go with C.Williams. The guy looked as though his career was over, not to mention he played with the Bucs and still did a more then solid job. It should have come down to Williams and Brady in my book. You could argue either player in my opion, both would be well deserving.
    As for the moral thing who cares I’d leave my girlfriend and baby for that smoking hot model chick too.

  48. Vox's Mommy says: Jan 6, 2010 1:35 PM

    hmm….let’s see….
    Cadillac Williams plays on a horrible team. He has had at least TWO knee surgeries and still manages to be productive on that team.
    Tom Brady plays on a good team. He had one knee surgery (as many as I have LOL!!).
    But of course golden boy Tom get’s it. Saw this coming 2 miles away.

  49. db3300 says: Jan 6, 2010 1:51 PM

    “Vince Young or Cedric Benson were much more deserving. Their respective careers were in the dumps.”
    I believe you have to have had a good season before they can call you a comeback player. Don’t even try to convince me that Young’s rookie season was good or that Benson was anything but a bust before this year.
    Brady is still a system QB getting more recognition than he deserves. That was proven last year when Cassel won most of his games. Brady would look just like him if he played for the Chefs.

  50. bspurloc says: Jan 6, 2010 2:05 PM

    Cadillac didn’t do all that good although he did not re injuring himself like reggie bush keeps doing.
    Screw brady he wasnt that good this year 65.7 is good?
    Ricky Williams should win it. just because

  51. W0rnFl0ri0 says: Jan 6, 2010 2:10 PM

    db3300 says:
    January 6, 2010 1:51 PM
    Brady is still a system QB getting more recognition than he deserves. That was proven last year when Cassel won most of his games. Brady would look just like him if he played for the Chefs.
    __________
     
    First, every QB plays in a SYSTEM.
    Joe Montana played in the west coast SYSTEM.
    A good coach will put his players in a SYSTEM that they can excel in.
    Peyton Manning plays in a SYSTEM that’s geared towards his strengths as a passer.
     
    And you can put any QB on the Chiefs and they would still suck.
    They have no WR or O line.
    Yes that means even Peyton Manning or Drew Brees.
     
     
    Seriously its one thing not to like a team or a player for whatever reason, but when
    you cant even give the guy credit for being a great player that’s just sad.
     

  52. CaptainFantastik says: Jan 6, 2010 2:31 PM

    With Brady playing with 3 broken ribs, a broken finger, a still hurting knee and who knows what else – is he eligible for this award again next year?
    ———————————————-
    That’s funny, Belichick verbally assaulted the reporter who reported that…..thus disputing the notion that brady was hurt. And if he really IS hurt, then the Patriots should be sanctioned for not listing those injuries on the weekly report. But yet again Goodell does nothing to investigate and sweeps another Patriots transgression under the rug.
    This is becoming par for the course with Goodell and the popular entities around the league. He shot down the Packers’ claim of tampering summer of 08, and yet it was confirmed that Favre’s family had secured hotel reservations in Green Bay about 3 weeks prior to his actual release from the Jets in April of 09…..and no investigation by Goodell. Seriously, google it. Favre was released the 3rd week of April and his family had reservations secured at the beginning of April. But no charges of tampering and no mention of any kind by the league. Goodell swept it under the rug.

  53. duffsbeer says: Jan 6, 2010 3:44 PM

    All this award is now is a injury recovery award. It’s purpose was someone who had a bad season and then improved. Brady and Williams didn’t have a bad season last year, they didn’t have a season at all so they shouldn’t even qualify for this award. Now if the person performed poorly before the injury then came back and outperformed their prior form then yes that would qualify.

  54. The Real Shuxion says: Jan 6, 2010 4:30 PM

    @ CaptainFantastik says
    Are you that stupid? Sweeping something under the rug? How about that doctor who embraced HGH working with the Steelers? Where is that investigation? Oh yeah never happened.

  55. Favre On HGH says: Jan 6, 2010 10:16 PM

    Media awards are about as relevant as the BCS standings or Pro Bowl voting.

  56. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 6, 2010 11:18 PM

    Ricky Williams would’ve been a good choice as well.

  57. Bucforever says: Jan 8, 2010 8:47 AM

    The only reason Brady got it is he made the play offs. For a running back to come back from having BOTH knees blown out is really unbelieveable. Caddy you got robbed!

  58. kappa08 says: Jan 8, 2010 9:53 AM

    I don’t think this league can knob Brady enough….it’s beyond embarrassing

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