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article imageNFL: Vick is honored with AP’s Comeback Player of the Year Award

By Kristofor Molson     Feb 7, 2011 in Sports
Dallas - Michael Vick was named AP’s Comeback Player of the Year, and for the first time no player has ever returned from jail to earn the award. Vick served two years in federal prison for a situation that he has put behind him, and is now looking to the future
The Philadelphia Eagles signed Michael Vick last year but did not do much in his limited roll with the team. This year Vick got his chance after the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins in the off-season.
Kevin Kolb was the starter at the beginning of the season until he suffered a concussion in week 2, and that opened the door for Vick. He stepped in and looked like he had not missed a step doing more with his arm, but still having the speed with his feet. Vick led the Eagles to a 10 – 6 record and first round match-up with the Green Bay Packers were they loss.
Vick was clearly the favorite beating out former USC standout Mike Williams of the Seattle Seahawks who had a productive season this year linking back up with his college coach Pete Caroll. Williams had 65 receptions for 751 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Vick completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 3018 yards and 21 touchdowns with only 6 interceptions and QB rating of 100.2. He also ran the ball 100 times for 676 yards and nine touchdowns. Vick played in two games throwing five touchdowns and no interceptions leading the Eagles to victories in both games. In the first meeting against the Redskins Vick was knocked out with rib damage which sidelined him for three games. In Vicks first seven games he did not throw a interception and had 11 touchdowns losing only one game.
Vick had two highlight games with one against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. Against the Redskins Vick threw for four touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns leading the Eagles to a 59-28 victory. Vick started out that game hitting DeShawn Jackson for a big reception that led to the Eagles first touchdown of the game. Later on it looked like Vick was going to scrabble but stopped on a dime to throw a laser pass to Jason Avant who was in the back of the end zone.
The next game was against the New York Giants in week 15 where he led a furious comeback in the second half before having Jackson return a punt that knocked the Giants out of the playoffs. Vick had his hand in 28 points in the second half after being down 24 – 3 at halftime. Vick throw three touchdowns and ran one in on his own. Vick help put the Eagles in position to win the game after his pass to Jeremy Maclin tied the game up at 31.
Vick made a great turn around off the field as well with him doing a car commercial and then finally getting an endorsement deal for the first time since his days with the Atlanta Falcons.
The endorsement deals and commercials are good, but Vick has also changed his life by talking to kids about the problems and cruelty of dog fighting. He has also made strides in the community just giving back and to the city of Philadelphia through charity events and personal appearances. This is not what most fans expected with the outrage that ensued with the Eagles signing him, but Vick has put his best foot forward and made strides in his effort to rebuild his image.
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