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Comeback Player of the Year

Year Award Recipient
1972 Miami Dolphins Comeback Player of the Year Earl Morrall
1973 Philadelphia Eagles Comeback Player of the Year Roman Gabriel
1974 New York Jets Comeback Player of the Year Joe Namath
1975 Atlanta Falcons Comeback Player of the Year Dave Hampton
1976 Detroit Lions Comeback Player of the Year Greg Landry
1977 Denver Broncos Comeback Player of the Year Craig Morton
1978 Washington Redskins Comeback Player of the Year John Riggins
1979 Miami Dolphins Comeback Player of the Year Larry Csonka
1980 Oakland Raiders Comeback Player of the Year Jim Plunkett
1981 Cincinnati Bengals Comeback Player of the Year Ken Anderson
1982 Los Angeles Raiders Comeback Player of the Year Lyle Alzado
1983 Atlanta Falcons Comeback Player of the Year Billy Johnson
1984 Pittsburgh Steelers Comeback Player of the Year John Stallworth
1986 San Francisco 49ers Comeback Player of the Year Joe Montana
1986 Minnesota Vikings Comeback Player of the Year Tommy Kramer
1987 Los Angeles Rams Comeback Player of the Year Charles White
1988 Los Angeles Rams Comeback Player of the Year Greg Bell
1989 New York Giants Comeback Player of the Year Ottis Anderson
1990 Kansas City Chiefs Comeback Player of the Year Barry Word
1991 Philadelphia Eagles Comeback Player of the Year Jim McMahon
1992 Philadelphia Eagles Comeback Player of the Year Randall Cunningham
1993 Kansas City Chiefs Comeback Player of the Year Marcus Allen
1994 Miami Dolphins Comeback Player of the Year Dan Marino
1995 Arizona Cardinals Comeback Player of the Year Garrison Hearst
1995 Indianapolis Colts Comeback Player of the Year Jim Harbaugh
1996 Pittsburgh Steelers Comeback Player of the Year Jerome Bettis
1997 Green Bay Packers Comeback Player of the Year Robert Brooks
1998 Buffalo Bills Comeback Player of the Year Doug Flutie
1999 San Francisco 49ers Comeback Player of the Year Bryant Young
2000 New Orleans Saints Comeback Player of the Year Joe Johnson
2001 San Francisco 49ers Comeback Player of the Year Garrison Hearst
2002 Pittsburgh Steelers Comeback Player of the Year Tommy Maddox
2003 Cincinnati Bengals Comeback Player of the Year Jon Kitna
2004 San Diego Chargers Comeback Player of the Year Drew Brees
2005 Carolina Panthers Comeback Player of the Year Steve Smith
2005 New England Patriots Comeback Player of the Year Tedy Bruschi
2006 New York Jets Comeback Player of the Year Chad Pennington
2007 Dallas Cowboys Comeback Player of the Year Greg Ellis
2008 Miami Dolphins Comeback Player of the Year Chad Pennington

Pennington is the only two-time winner of the award.

2009 New England Patriots Comeback Player of the Year Tom Brady
2010 Philadelphia Eagles Comeback Player of the Year Michael Vick
2011 Detroit Lions Comeback Player of the Year Matthew Stafford
2012 Denver Broncos Comeback Player of the Year Peyton Manning

Manning was named comeback player of the year after missing all of 2011 due to a back injury. Manning returned to form with his new team, the Denver Broncos, as he threw for 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns.

2013 San Diego Chargers Comeback Player of the Year Philip Rivers
2014 New England Patriots Comeback Player of the Year Rob Gronkowski

Gronkowski won the 2014 Comeback Player of the Year after an injury riddled 2013 where he had back surgery and tore his ACL late in the season. Gronkowski returned to form with an unanimous All-Pro nomination in 2014.

2015 Kansas City Chiefs Comeback Player of the Year Eric Berry

Eric Berry received the award after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma late in 2014. Berry was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2015 season.

2016 Green Bay Packers Comeback Player of the Year Jordy Nelson

Nelson won the after after missing the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. Nelson had 97 receptions for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns.