The NFL is a league that many believe stands for “Not For Long.” In other words a player who was once good, like Daunte Culpepper, can see his play and production suddenly fall off a cliff and never recover again.
However, there is another side to the coin of “Not For Long,” as the statement is much more of a double-edged sword than people think.
Just as players who were once great can suddenly become terrible, players who were once terrible can suddenly become great.
These aren’t players (except for one) who are eligible for Comeback Player of the Year award like Osi Umenyiora, because the players on this list having nothing to come back from because they were terrible.
A recent example of this phenomenon most people are somewhat familiar with is the story of Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson.
Benson was the fourth overall pick of the 2005 draft by the Chicago Bears. After three years with the Bears, he was labeled a bust. But then he went to the Cincinnati Bengals, and in less than two seasons with the Bengals, people stopped calling him a bust and started to wonder if he was a Pro Bowl-caliber player instead.
However, Benson is not eligible for this list, as this is a list of five players who have resurrected their careers during the 2010 season only.
These are players who were once considered busts and disappointments, players who dug their careers into an early grave. But now these five players are climbing out of their self-dug graves with their stellar play in the early goings of the 2010 NFL season, and what they are doing deserves recognition and respect.
The list is organized from least surprising too most surprising.