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:thumbup: Smith, Bruschi share AP comeback player awardNEW YORK -- Tedy Bruschi didn't get a chance to tackle Steve Smith when the Patriots played the Panthers in September. By midseason, he'd made a remarkable comeback from a stroke and was starting for New England.Bruschi's return was as impressive as Smith's achievement of returning from a broken left leg that cost the Carolina receiver nearly all of the 2004 season. On Thursday, they shared The Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year award.The Patriots' star linebacker and defensive leader made it back on Oct. 30 after originally expecting to sit out the entire schedule. By then, Smith was on his way to leading the NFL in most receiving categories. Both sparked their teams into the playoffs."I'm a football player by trade. That's what I do," Bruschi said. "So I did everything I could to make myself a football player again."As did Smith."I keep stressing that last year put everything in perspective," Smith said. "I felt like football was my whole life. When it was taken away from me, I felt the Lord was teaching me a lesson to not put all my eggs in one basket. ... That's why I am enjoying playing."Their teams surely enjoyed their contributions, which earned 18 votes each from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. That easily outdistanced Washington quarterback Mark Brunell with six; Tennessee defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch with five; Detroit receiver Roy Williams, Tampa Bay receiver Joey Galloway and Minnesota receiver-kick returner Koren Robinson, each with one vote.The 32-year-old Bruschi played nine games after recovering from the mild stroke suffered in February, days after playing in his first Pro Bowl and 10 days after helping the Patriots win their third Super Bowl in four years. He later had surgery to repair a small hole in his heart.He's preferred not to speak much about his comeback, in keeping with the closed-mouth approach of so many Patriots. But he gave some insight into his makeup when he returned Oct. 30 in a win over Buffalo."I'm back to doing what I love," Bruschi said. "Sometimes, you've just got to pick yourself off the ground and get back to living your life. That's all I was trying to do."He missed the season finale against Miami with a calf injury, but has practiced this week and is expected on the field for Saturday night's playoff game with Jacksonville.His teammates project the same kind of stellar effort in the postseason that Bruschi always has given in his decade of NFL play."His instincts are still there and that's what separates him from other linebackers," linebacker Chad Brown said. "He's just got a great feel for what everyone on the defense is doing, how the offense is trying to attack him. And couple that with his great instincts and that's why he makes plays."Smith has many of the same attributes, and was a key playmaker in Carolina's run to the 2003 NFC championship before losing to the Patriots in the Super Bowl. After sitting out all but the opener in 2004, he was even more sensational this season.So much so that Smith tied for the most receptions in the league with 103 and led all receivers with 1,563 yards. He scored 13 touchdowns, and also ranked third in the NFC in punt return average (10.6 yards)."My best quality is my height," he said. "A lot of people think my height is a disadvantage: 'He's only 5-9, he's not capable of all of those things that they say that they ask of other receivers.' I feel I am."Clearly, he is correct.
 
Those two certainly are not surprising although I'd prefer it went to just Smith since I don't think Bruschi was "gone" long enough to really "comeback." There are lots of guys missing games due to injury who return that same season. That's not a comeback, it's a recovery. I expect the down period to have been in a prior year. Maybe it's just selective memory and it's always like this, but it seems to me there were a very high number of good candidates this year. Am I wrong in thinking that in some years the seasons put up by Mark Brunell, Mike Anderson, Joey Galloway and maybe even Brad Johnson or Urlacher/Brown/Tillman might have been good enough to win or at least be strong contenders?

 
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:thumbdown: Incredibly lame to see who got it this year. Steve Smith winning it is ridiculous. Look at the past winners. It doesn't go to a player that had an injury after a solid season and came back to dominate. The award is typically reserved for players out on a scrap heap the year before and then COMES BACK to make a significant impact for their team.Mark Brunell and Drew Bledsoe were far better choices.
 
:thumbdown: Incredibly lame to see who got it this year. Steve Smith winning it is ridiculous. Look at the past winners. It doesn't go to a player that had an injury after a solid season and came back to dominate. The award is typically reserved for players out on a scrap heap the year before and then COMES BACK to make a significant impact for their team.

Mark Brunell and Drew Bledsoe were far better choices.
Yeah, Marino had clearly been thrown on the dump heap in 93 before he won it. Same with Robert Brooks in 97, and Randall Cunningham in 92.Brunell I can see, but Bledsoe improving his passing numbers by 700 yards and 3TDs this year does not make for a great "comeback". When he put up 4300 yds in his first year in Buffalo, sure, but not this year.

 
Joey Galloway???dude got robbed for pro-bowl, and robbed for this :thumbdown:Steve Smith and Teddy were good players a few years ago, Galloway hasn't been good in a while
 
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