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Report: Michael Vick wins AP Comeback Player of the Year award


The NFL Network will unveil yet another AP award winner Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. ET.   Once again, there is an early report about the winner.

(And this one should actually be right.  McLane is reporting the story on his paper’s website.  The Clay Matthews mishap happened from reporters repeating misinformation on Twitter.)

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Michael Vick won the AP comeback player of the year of the award.   The recognition is no surprise, but puts a bow on Vick’s return back to NFL prominence and general acceptance from most of the media and fans.

At this point, Vick’s re-emergence is almost taken for granted.  But no one say this coming a year ago, including the Eagles coaching staff.  Vick did not look explosive when he played in 2009, and we were among the people who wondered if his old speed would ever return.

It did in a huge way in 2010, and his passing was more consistent than ever with the help of Eagles coach Andy Reid.   Vick set the league on fire as a youngster and threw it all away.

After two years in prison and one on the bench, his return to prominence truly is a remarkable story.

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41 Responses to “Report: Michael Vick wins AP Comeback Player of the Year award”
  1. tfbuckfutter says: Feb 5, 2011 8:02 PM

    I wish the Razzies had a set of NFL awards.

    I would like to see Brett Favre win the opposite of this award. Like, Most Misguided Comeback of the Year.

    Most Useless Player. Worst Offensive Player. Worst Defensive Player. It could be a fun night.

  2. drgfri says: Feb 5, 2011 8:05 PM

    This just in…. Jets win creepiest team of the year award. They had braggarts, hyperfertile child support defaulters, craddle robbers, washed up former supestars who still couldn’t quite deliver, and a gigantic foot freak for a leader. Bravo NY. You must be proud…..

  3. simonadebisi says: Feb 5, 2011 8:05 PM

    Congrats Michael Vick! I love stories of redemption.

  4. august1969 says: Feb 5, 2011 8:10 PM

    hope for ex-cons everywhere…was he in the “nearly there” program?

  5. whocares610 says: Feb 5, 2011 8:12 PM

    Well deserved congrats MV7

  6. whocares610 says: Feb 5, 2011 8:21 PM

    drgfri says:
    Feb 5, 2011 8:05 PM
    This just in…. Jets win creepiest team of the year award. They had braggarts, hyperfertile child support defaulters, craddle robbers, washed up former supestars who still couldn’t quite deliver, and a gigantic foot freak for a leader. Bravo NY. You must be proud…..


  7. jebdamone says: Feb 5, 2011 8:22 PM

    i guess that vick is deserving but for anyone who watched EJ henderson get his leg destroyed against the cards in 09 and then watched him on opening day and play at a pro bowl level this year, i would say he is just as deserving.

  8. ny82jy says: Feb 5, 2011 8:24 PM

    Vick is a lowlife. Don’t be fooled by any of the bs that comes out of his mouth.

  9. canadianvikingfaniii says: Feb 5, 2011 8:26 PM

    Ej Henderson was deserving as well.

  10. terpface says: Feb 5, 2011 8:29 PM

    good for him. This is probably the only award given out I cant argue with.

  11. j0esixpack says: Feb 5, 2011 8:33 PM

    Whoo hoo! Party at Vick’s place tonight!

    Break out the Pitbull Piñata!

  12. hobartbaker says: Feb 5, 2011 8:36 PM

    I don’t recall Vick “setting the league on fire” as a “youngster”. Did I miss something? This season was the best of his career by a wide margin, even with the missed games due to injury.

  13. mrcowpatty says: Feb 5, 2011 8:42 PM

    What should I do? Throw him a bone?

  14. beeler262011 says: Feb 5, 2011 8:43 PM

    Wow a guy who wasn’t injured and started acting like he should of in the FIRST PLACE ,what a peach of a fellow, won. What a big surprise
    Way to go Ron Mexico you are true hero
    Anybody who was hurt have been a good guy your whole career worked hard to overcome an injury the AP has just said too bad the politically correct criminal is better deserving
    So all you wannabes remember be a criminal have strange liquids in bottles going through airports kill dogs for sport make millions of dollars and that will win you a prestigious award
    Associated Press you suck and hopefully the internet will soon put you out of business

  15. happyharbaugh says: Feb 5, 2011 8:48 PM

    I’m torn on this. Vick was great this year, and to do what he did after being out of football was amazing. But he brought it upon himself. It’s not like a Garrison Hearst situation in which he came back from a career-threatening injury. He was out of football because he maliciously broke the law.

  16. deconjonesbitchslap says: Feb 5, 2011 8:51 PM


  17. whocares610 says: Feb 5, 2011 8:52 PM

    Maybe McNabb will win it next year. Oh wait, that sounds familiar

  18. jacksaysfu says: Feb 5, 2011 8:55 PM

    Next year vick wins MVP !! People catch D.U.I .’and kill someone and spend 24 days in jail. #7 did almost 2 years and hes turned into the most dangerous QB to ever play the game!!!!!

  19. cletusvandam says: Feb 5, 2011 9:01 PM

    Why is everyone overlooking the fact that Vick came back last year not this year.

  20. jc1958coo says: Feb 5, 2011 9:05 PM

    maybe sanchez can win the year after next year! if rodger lets him play!

  21. JimmySmith says: Feb 5, 2011 9:05 PM

    Too bad none of the dogs at the Bad Newz Kennel have a chance to win “Comeback of the Year”, ah, thanks to Michael Vick.

  22. gcsuk says: Feb 5, 2011 9:06 PM

    Sorry, but what exactly is Vick coming back from? A sub-par last season where he was available and healthy for all 16 games? Exactly how is that a “comeback”? Now if he would have played this way LAST year, when he was truly “coming back”, that would be different. But all he’s coming back from is crappy play.

    I’m not a Bears fan (can’t stand them, as a matter of fact), but didn’t Urlacher miss 15 games last year? I don’t like the guy, but he did return to Pro Bowl form this year. I would have rather seen him win it.

  23. liltifer says: Feb 5, 2011 9:07 PM

    I bet they forgot there’s a It-must-be-in-the-first-year-out-of-jail clause in the awards conditions…

  24. oldcracker says: Feb 5, 2011 9:08 PM

    I never cared much for Michael Vick, neither as a QB or even less as a person. (His brother was even worse)

    However, Mike paid his dues (unlike many other players) and deserved a second chance. He did well with it and earned this award. Not that there aren’t other deserving players, too, it is just Mike was under intense scrutiny and came through it.

    I can only hope that he takes these lessons and let them guide his personal life.

  25. leroy36 says: Feb 5, 2011 9:11 PM

    The Victory dogs have had a remarkable comeback as well.

  26. bakcle says: Feb 5, 2011 9:17 PM

    DMX will be presenting the award in bark

  27. grogansheroes says: Feb 5, 2011 9:24 PM

    what did he come back from? Being on the bench LAST YEAR!!

  28. blitzburg10 says: Feb 5, 2011 9:38 PM

    Well said CLETUSVANDAM! My thoughts exactly! So i guess now…a player now has 2 years to COMEBACK from the injury list or the bench…..I THINK NOT!!!

    Didnt matter what anyone came back from this year…..Vick was getting this award…no matter what!!….I give the guy credit…he has come a long way…but they have just rendered the true meaning of this award USELESS!!

  29. marylandclubhouse says: Feb 5, 2011 9:51 PM

    Should have been EJ Henderson or Brian Urlacher….. at least they didnt come back from jail

  30. marylandclubhouse says: Feb 5, 2011 9:52 PM

    EJ came back from what many said was a career ending injury and made it to pro bowl

  31. dolphins4 says: Feb 5, 2011 10:02 PM

    Great job Mike Vick,hopefully next year you’ll win the Super bowl.

  32. majikalmushr0om says: Feb 5, 2011 10:08 PM

    So let me get this straight, Plaxico Burress must wait until the 2012 season before he becomes eligible for the award???

    What if there is in fact a lockout next season, does that mean everyone is eligible to win the award the year football resumes???

  33. bigbluefan1 says: Feb 5, 2011 10:12 PM

    Just goes to show how everyone is so scared of the truth
    Vick had a good year till the end when he got figured out

    I can not wait to read what AP will write when vick goes back to being the POS we all know he really is

    Come back player my ass
    The Bullys are howling at the kennel tonight

  34. pattunya says: Feb 5, 2011 10:46 PM

    Not a big Vick fan. But I tip my cap to him. Admitted guilt. Talked the talk. Walked the walk. Everyone deserves a second chance.

  35. jarrman46 says: Feb 5, 2011 10:59 PM

    I believe this is the most useless award in the NFL. They always have to have a name to win it. Meanwhile the offensive lineman who tears his knee apart and returns to action the next year isnt considered. Just a dumb ridiculous award. I could tell you past MVPS and DPY or COY but I couldnt tell you one past winner of this award

  36. juancorsair says: Feb 5, 2011 11:19 PM

    oldcracker says:

    However, Mike paid his dues (unlike many other players) and deserved a second chance.

    Vick was let off easy. Had he been sentenced to a term appropriate to his crimes, he’d be serving 40 years for animal cruelty (a mandatory 5 years for each count). However, the Virgina DA was a homer and dropped the charges.

    That being said, I don’t believe Vick is undeserving of a “second chance”. It is just that it should start with “may I take your order, please?” and end with “do you want fries with that?”

  37. hammertoe11 says: Feb 5, 2011 11:49 PM

    And WHO didn’t see this coming? A blind man could seen this coming.

  38. turtlefox1 says: Feb 6, 2011 12:08 AM

    Simple. It’s all about the Benjamins. The NFL is promoting Vick so that, no matter where he ends up quarterbacking, fans will be more receptive to him being there and will pay to put their butts in the seats.

  39. dirtyharry1971 says: Feb 6, 2011 12:54 AM

    Everyone saw what happened to Vick down the stretch, the Vikes made a mess out of him and GB did the same in the playoffs because VICK can only run the football, he isnt a good QB and i hope the eagles sign him to a 10 year deal ASAP cause i know they will never win a SB with him there, hahahhahhaha die eagles die! thats how the song goes right? LOL

  40. delintzman says: Feb 6, 2011 1:38 AM

    Why? 2 years. Simple math says he is past the “comeback” category. Played well and the NFL wants to have a good feel for this guy going forward. He paid his debt and moved on but he “came back” LAST YEAR!!!!

  41. MichaelEdits says: Feb 6, 2011 1:49 AM

    Getting arrested is the easy part.

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