New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who returned from a season-opening 2008 knee injury, was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year on Wednesday, gathering 19 votes.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young, who returned to the lineup six games into the 2009 season, finished third in the balloting with seven votes. Young’s “comeback” was from an unceremonious benching that occurred on the same day that Brady suffered his knee injury.
Young had a minor knee sprain, after having to be coaxed back into the game that day against Jacksonville. He then skipped an MRI the following day and after police had to search for him that Monday night, Young was ordered to the bench, where he stayed until the Titans’ 0-6 start this year.
The Titans finished 8-2 under Young's direction, as he completed 152 of 259 passes with 10 TDs and seven interceptions.
Tampa Bay running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams was second in the balloting with 14 votes, and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, who “unretired” again just before the season began, received four votes, as did Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson.