What's long been expected was made official on Saturday night: Michael Vick is the AP Comeback Player of the Year. Vick returned from the lowest of lows after his arrest on dogfighting charges in 2007 to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to the NFC East crown in 2010, electrifying fans with his outstanding play at the quarterback position. Vick picked up 29.5 votes for the award, easily distancing himself from the competition.
Vick is the first player in the history of the award to return from a jail sentence to take home Comeback Player of the Year honors. He spoke of the lessons learned and how he grew as a person after his sentence and rise back to stardom at the helm for the Eagles this year.
"As a person and a player I learned a lot through my experiences on and off the field. Don't take anything granted anymore. Certainly, back then [in Atlanta], I was just playing and having fun. I'm doing the same thing now, but I understand the importance of it and how hard it is to get to where we are today. I'm just thankful for the opportunity."
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams finished second to Vick with eight votes. Williams literally ate himself out of the league, ballooning up to 300 pounds, before getting back into game shape and receiving a second-chance from Pete Carroll, his former college coach. Williams finished the year with 758 yards and two touchdowns for the Seahawks.
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