NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Broncos QB Peyton Manning
Again, another award that could have gone to either Manning or Peterson. Their regular season accomplishments are similar, if different, in that they play different positions. But while Peterson was coming back from a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, it only cost him the final game of the 2011 season. Manning, meanwhile, sat out the entire 2011 season after undergoing his third neck surgery, and at the most vulnerable position in the game, we shudder to think what could have happened had Manning taken a vicious, whiplash-inducing blind-side hit, but he simply thrived. His 4,659 passing yards were the second most of his more-than-likely Hall of Fame career, trailing only the 4,700 he threw for in 2010, and his 37 touchdown passes were also second-most to the 49 he had in 2004. Same goes for his 105.8 passer rating, eclipsed only by his 121.1 rating in '04. Again, we're talking about a neck injury here. 'Nuff said.