Big Ben, Gronk are co-favorites for Comeback Player of the Year

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski are the co-favorites to win the Comeback Player of the Year award for the 2020 season.

Roethlisberger and Gronkowski are both listed at +400 in the odds at MGM.

Roethlisberger is hoping to come back from an elbow injury that saw him miss all but two games of the season, while Gronkowski is coming back from a year off in retirement. Gronkowski previously won the award in 2014 and could become the second two-time winner, following Chad Pennington, who won the award in 2006 and 2008.

The next-shortest odds belong to Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt at +600, followed by Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green at +1000. Cam Newton is at +1400, as are Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, Washington quarterback Alex Smith and Texans running back David Johnson.

Among the extreme long shots is Eli Manning, who would first have to come out of retirement before he could win the award. Manning’s odds are +15,000.

8 responses to “Big Ben, Gronk are co-favorites for Comeback Player of the Year

  1. Am I the only one who things that this award should be reserved for those who come back from injury, personal tragedy, etc?

    Getting an award for coming back from a voluntary year off shouldn’t be deserving of an award. Sorry Gronk.

  2. Manning comes out of retirement for one last hurrah, joining the Giants. Somehow, Jones goes down early, and Manning leads the team to a 12-4 record and one last SB.
    What a cinderella story that would be.

  3. Coming out of retirement shouldn’t count towards this award. Maybe if it was a prolonged, multiyear absence but not after just a single year off.

  4. Gronkowski is washed up. Big Ben can pick this up right along with his 3rd championship trophy.

  5. This award lost all value when Travis Frederick, who had been suffering from a debilitating non-football medical condition and whose prognosis was largely unknown with little NFL precedent and the potential for less than a full recovery, lost out to glamor positions recovering from common NFL injuries with reliable recovery profiles. The fact that Frederick felt he wasn’t close enough to his former self and was motivated to then retire after his quality return season further validates that what it took for his comeback was an order of magnitude greater than what the rest faced. It would have also been fitting for Frederick to have his return efforts prior to still choosing retirement be validated by the respect that comes with this award, but nevermind…high profile position it is!

  6. yeah big ben is going to go back to 2017 form and with all the extra weight and years on his arm and despite his numbers going down last several years and on the decline, he is going to be lights out and not get hurt or beat up throughout the season.-Steelers Fans

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