2011 Comeback Player of the Year: Michael Vick

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIFebruary 5, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles scrambles with the ball against the Green Bay Packers in the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick was named The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year on Saturday night, an award that was well deserved. Vick earned 29.5 of 50 possible votes to win the award.

Vick, to much dismay, was signed in '09 and has been the hardest worker in the NFL since then, which is a huge reason for his Pro Bowl season.

Many thought Vick was washed up in 2009, and that he could not be anything more than a Wildcat quarterback for the Eagles.

In that 2009 season, Vick played behind legend Donovan McNabb and learned the fundamentals from him. Both were mobile quarterbacks, and Vick attributes a lot of his success to McNabb. Vick was not much of a factor, until the latter portion of the season.

In 2010, Vick was expected to take a larger role, but only as a gimmick in the offense behind Kevin Kolb.

Vick though impressed from the season opener on, as he nearly beat the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. He was later named starter for the rest of the season, after another breathtaking performance against the Lions in Week 2.

After being named the starting quarterback, Vick was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for the first time in his career. Vick also earned three NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors this season.

Vick was named the NFL's Player of the Year by the Maxwell Club. Vick has also been named the Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News, Pro Football Weekly and the NFL Players Pulse Awards.

Vick, by the way, is the first Eagle to ever win the award.

For the season, Michael Vick completed 62.6 percent of his passes, a career high, along with 21 throwing touchdowns, compared to just six interceptions. He threw for 3,018 yards and had a passer rating of 100.2

As great as a passer he was this season, Vick was also a marvelous runner. He ran for 676 yards on 100 attempts, with nine rushing touchdowns.

Vick is only the second player in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards, rush for 500 yards and post a passer rating of 100-or-more in a season.

Now, all Eagle fans should send letters to Clay Matthews III, for forever transforming this franchise!