There's always a chance for redemption when it comes to the NFL.
Every season, there are players who free fall and lose the limelight, while there are also players who emerge from the shadows to claim or reclaim the respect of the entire league.
The dramatics of the NFL is what makes the game so intriguing to the average fan. The heroic stories and unpredictable failures are so real and emotional that no alternative form of entertainment can even compare.
In the NFL, the unexpected is so expected that there's even an annual award dedicated to the subject.
Every season, there's at least one forgotten player who steps onto the gridiron and earns redemption, and that player is awarded with the Comeback Player of the Year award.
In 2011, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford won the award. After missing 19 total games throughout his first two NFL seasons, Stafford bounced back as a third-year player and threw for an astonishing 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns.
But who will be the man that steps up his game in 2012?
If we know one thing, it's that the NFL is anything but predictable, so it's impossible to answer that question.
However, this article will look at 15 candidates who have the best shot at this time.