Everyone loves a feel-good story. More importantly, everyone loves a feel-good story about an underdog.
What's better than a guy on the ground? Kicking him while he's down, right? But what's even better than that? Seeing him rise up and defeat the odds.
The NFL has always been notorious for guys sustaining career-crippling injuries, or going down due to crime or poor play.
So, when we have a chance to see one of the mighty who have fallen, turn and make their bid to rise back to the top, well, it makes our heart smile.
Miami Dolphins' quarterback Chad Pennington won the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award in 2009 after coming back from a shoulder injury, as well as a trade, in a triumphant 11-5 season with the Dolphins.
Then we all saw greatness rise from the dust when Tom Brady returned from a serious knee injury to pass for over 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns while leading his New England Patriots to a 10-6 record and division title.
So, who can we expect, hope, and cheer on in 2010 that could have a shot at this award? Read on to find out.