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Tom Brady wins AP Comeback Player award

Tom Brady wins AP Comeback Player award

Tom Brady's strong return from a left knee injury that sidelined him for virtually all of the 2008 season earned the New England Patriots quarterback The Associated Press 2009 NFL Comeback Player of the Year on Wednesday.
One of the NFL's biggest stars, Brady has gone from league's Most Valuable Player in 2007, when he set several passing records, to sidelined to earning his second league award.
"I played 15 straight years without ever missing a game, high school or college or professional, so every time you walk off the field you feel very blessed," Brady said. "I think it was a great lesson, life experience, not only football experience, that I was able to have."
Brady received 19 votes from a panel of 50 U.S. sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL, beating Tampa Bay running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, who got 14.
A three-time Super Bowl winner and a finalist for AP Player of the Decade, Brady led New England to a 10-6 record and the AFC East division title this season. He threw for 4,398 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Most significantly, he got the Patriots back into the playoffs.
"I think I love playing and I love being out there with my teammates and, practicing today," he said. "It's the greatest reward for any of this, for any of us, is to be a part of a team that's successful, because we all have a lot of good fortune to be playing."
Coach Bill Belichick praised what Brady means to his team.
"Well deserved," Belichick said of the honor. "He's had a tremendous year. Tom just brings so much to this team and our organization on and off the field: His preparation, his leadership, his performance, his unselfishness. All the things that he gives us are just top shelf, whether he did or didn't play last year."
Brady is the second Patriot to win the award; linebacker Tedy Bruschi shared it with Carolina receiver Steve Smith in 2005. He is the fifth quarterback honored since the award began in 1998, including Chad Pennington, who won in 2006 and 2008.
Also receiving votes were Tennessee quarterback Vince Young, Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre, Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson and his teammate, quarterback Carson Palmer, and New Orleans defensive end Anthony Hargrove.


Updated : 2021-10-18 04:22 GMT+08:00