Vick named Comeback Player of the Year

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Fort Worth, TX - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has been named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year by the Associated Press.

Vick, the first Eagles player to win the award, put together a stunning comeback in 2010, more than three years since pleading guilty to felony dog fighting charges and about a year and a half since he was released from prison.

He began the season as Kevin Kolb's backup, but got a shot to be the team's starter when Kolb sustained a concussion in the Eagles' season-opening loss to Green Bay.

Vick went on to set career highs with 3,018 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, a 62.6-percent completion rate, and a 100.2 passer rating, evidence of his progression as a quarterback. He also ran for 676 yards and nine touchdowns, and turned in a number of memorable performances.

In Week 10 against Washington, Vick threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns, while running for 80 yards and two more scores. Then, in Week 15, he led the Eagles as they overcame a 21-point deficit in a 38-31 win against the Giants.

The big numbers and performances come a year after he attempted only 13 passes during the 2009 season, when he backed up Donovan McNabb and Kolb.

The Eagles' 2010 season ended with a loss to Green Bay in an NFC Wild Card game, but not before Vick was once again a star player, generating headlines for what he did on the field.


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