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Michael Vick Named AP Comeback Player, E.J. Henderson Robbed

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was named The Associated Press 2010 NFL Comeback Player of the Year on Saturday night. The voting was basically a no-contest, with Vick receiving 29.5 votes, 21.5 ahead of second-place finisher, Seahawks receiver Mike Williams. The award seems to indicate that Vick has redeemed himself in the eyes of AP writers, as credible a journalistic organization as there is, but I can’t bring myself to agree with them. I can’t even agree with them on Williams in second-place.

This award should go to a player who estasblished themselves in the league before some sort of onfield or personal tragedy beyond their control — not self-inflicted as in the case of Vick — put their playing future in question. Overcoming such obstacles and returning to play well should be the criteria. Williams himself is on record as saying he didn’t deserve the award because he never established himself in the NFL. He told The Seattle Times the only thing he might qualify for is the “Comeback Couch Player of the Year.” If there’s a prison version of that award, by all means give it to Vick, but Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson, who received just 3.5 votes, should have won this one.

Henderson led the Vikings in tackles 2006 and 2007 and was leading the team in 2009 before he suffered a horrific knee injury. Be forewarned, it’s pretty gruesome:

After the injury, Henderson’s career was in serious question, but he persevered and made it back to play in all 16 games this season. He finished second on the team in tackles with 101. Henderson was even a late addition to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, the first such honor of his career. That’s the type of story and path back to the field that deserves to be honored, not a story like Vick’s.

Vick was honored by his teammates last season, when he won the Ed Block Courage Award, an honor bestowed upon Donte’ Stallworth by his teammates this year. While I don’t believe either player deserved that award, it’s voted on by players who may not be the image of objective credibility. The AP writers who voted on this award are supposed to be just that — objective and credible. They should have done better.

Thanks to LorenHall81 for the video.


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  • Anonymous

    3.5 votes huh, looks like you’re the only one who thinks so. This is Vick’s 2nd season playing on the Eagles. Tell me he didn’t improve as a QB from 09-10 to 10-11. If you want to be a hater, fine. But I’m sure you never made a mistake in your life that you’re glad people FORGAVE you for. R U going to forever dwell in the past. Vick deserved that award. Henderson deserved it also. But VICK PLAYED HIS ASS OFF this season. You can’t say he didn’t deserve it just going by his NUMBERS(stats). Get a life. Write a real article. Don’t be a hater. FORGIVE.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I dont know if the writer deserved to be criticized so harshly like the guy above seemed to think so….but I do agree with him, kind of…

    I do agree that Henderson deserved more votes. However, I can’t see him over Vick. I don’t think it makes a difference if the reason you were out the year before was because of injury, disease, prison, family issues, whatever. If you were great before, then you were out, then you came back and were great again, it qualifies you for that award. With that being said, both of them qualify, and Vick almost single handedly led his team to the playoffs and turned them into one of the most dynamic teams in Football. Henderson should get more credit, and I’m sure got swallowed up in all the Vick hype, but regardless, Vick deserved that award.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maritha-Mcgaughy/100000792257945 Maritha Mcgaughy

    whether the writer or anyone else thinks he should have got the award doesn’t matter, fact is he got it. Just I believe that Roethlisberger should have been charged and he wasn’t and he went without being held accoutable. There is nothing that I or anyone else can do about it, the same goes with Vick and the award, he got the award and there is nothing that the writer of this article or anyone else can do about it. Let the hate go, serves no purpose, and certainly doesn’t do anyone any good.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t Blount get a vote?

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    What did Vick come back from? He played last year. Henderson came back from a broken leg and was splendid.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think I’m the only, but that’s irrelevant. Vick did improve, exponentially, but I don’t think a player should get it because they missed time due to something self-inflicted. Just how I see it. Honestly, I think Vick should have received some MVP votes, just not this award. Thanks for the feedback though.

  • Anonymous

    Yes he did. Welker, Urlacher, Cassel, Polamalu, Washington and Blount all received votes.

  • Anonymous

    this was a great article, all you can think of is people being haters….!!!! you should get a life not the writer here…he is more than correct and has many readers behind him….WE are not haters, this clown don’t deserve a thing he got for what he’s done….There was a guy who is a real player in baseball who got banned for life for a freakin bet!!!! Remember he is still on parole and also the people of Texas want him out of there town not given a key….Glory BS…..
    Great write up and appreciation to the writer…Henderson deserves the award.

  • Anonymous

    If he got 3.5 votes this means that the writer isn’t the only one who thinks this. You don’t have to hate someone to not vote for them.

  • Anonymous

    If he received 3.5 votes then he wasn’t the only one that feels this way. You don’t have to hate someone to not vote for them.

  • Anonymous

    Not that it matters but in 1993 a guy by the name of Michael Jordan left basketball for a full season as he retired to go attempt to be a baseball player. Upon return he played just 17 games the next year after about 1 1/2 off from basket ball. The next season the Bulls would have the best record ever at 72-10. Who was the comeback player in the NBA that season? None other than Marques Johnson. Marques scored 1525 points that year as Jordan scored 2491points.I’d put the rest of the stats but they are all about the same as the points.

  • Anonymous

    How can a rookie get comeback player of the year

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carole-Bjornson/1438410720 Carole Bjornson

    TO MUCH IN SOCIETY TELLING CHILDREN, U WILL BE REWARDED EVEN IF U COMMIT A CRIME. HAS VICK CHANGED POSSIBLY. REWARD – $$$$$ SHOULD BE ENOUGH AND A SECOND CHANCE IN FOOTBALL. LETS START THINKING OF WHO WE SAY ARE HEROS TO OUR CHILDREN.

  • Anonymous

    While I don’t agree with it, I’d assume it has to do with his issues in college. Cassel is pretty questionable too.

  • Anonymous

    How about Brian Urhlacker?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KFIG45YUZSMOL65SVJHJ4KXR4I cedric moore

    EJ Henderson is still playing? Maybe he would have won, if everyone was not talking about AP, Coach Childress or Brett ‘Show my d***’ Favre!!! I did not evenknow he was still there! YOU are at fault Derrick, you and the rest of your news idiots!!! We only know ofMichael Vick, who by the way, took his team to the playoffs, had one of the best QB ratings, TD:INT ratio, and yards per rush averages in the league, PLUS led the NFC in Pro Bowl votes, etc. I could go on and on, and besides he was not gone from the league because of the dog fighting conviction, he played last year!! He got comback player of the year for what he did compared to last year! EJ Henderson did not win anything, but a nice brown nose job from you!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KFIG45YUZSMOL65SVJHJ4KXR4I cedric moore

    Carole,

    You are totally wrong! I thought Vick did 3 years in Levingworth, or am Ijust dreaming? it does not get harder than that when it comes to punishment. Vick lost his 100+ million dollar contract ( The highest in the league at that time), he lost over 100+ million dollarsin endorsements (That he has not seen since), and he has lost the respect of a lot of animal lovers all over the world. He came back into the league and NO ONE wanted him except Philly, and he was only a 3rd string backup, and after the season, no one still wanted him. He only received an opportunity when the starting QB received a concussion. He does more charitable/community service work for the Humane Society now than most of the members have! What is it that society is saying? You Vick haters are SO funny to me!!! What do you want, him to die? Now what is THAT telling kids? If you mess up, we will KILL you? I am sorry, but I have to say that society is saying the truth, if you mess up, we will take EVERYTHING from you, we will HATE you, and then, when/if someone gives you a chance ( But you need something to offer) if you do GREAT, then SOME people will accept you again, while others will hate you FOREVER. That is what society is telling kids.

  • Anonymous

    he didn’t do 3 years but should have done all his time, he is still on parole for another year or so. AWWW! so sorry he lost 100 mil for what, he never was any good with Atlanta and would have been dumped anyway.If a player is good then he deserves it but this guy ran everything under the sun and I have just a couple words for him…..He couldn’t even kiss Westbrooks rear end nor Cunningham for that matter.
    now tell me I’m a hater, your easy way out bye!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kokogene Wilbur R Moore

    Time know no reward for blacks who make mistakes. They must live with their mistakes for life. On the other hand those who hate blacks for being black are well within their rights to never like black people and should let the world know how much they hate blacks,and black people should be silent and just fit in. This is how I see America written by the Media. America is true to hate of non whites.

  • Anonymous

    you’re obviously entitled to your opinion, but I’m curious about the brown nose comment. Who am I brown-nosing, Henderson? I’m a Giants fan living in the midwest and have never met the man. Just curious.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YDSZIV6XHYQQWA2MCMFA3M6QRU howard

    The point of his conviction was not based on his race, but, what he did to another living being. Those dogs had feelings just like you and I. All people must live with there mistakes and will be judge on JUDGEMENT DAY and GOD doesn’t look at a person for color but, whats in there hearts and GOD will hold everyone accountable for there mistakes regardless of race or religion. You need to stop hating and ask for forgiveness.