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ATG: Who should win Comeback Player of the Year?

SBQnflLogoATG stands for Ask The Geeks. I posed 7 questions to all of our writers a couple of weeks ago and below are the 6 different writers who answered some of the questions I posed to them as the NFL season is coming to a close during Super Bowl week. But first here are the writers who made up our NFL panel.

1 Joshua Watford-Josh Watford is a sports writer and radio personality based out of Atlanta, GA. Josh covers boxing and Atlanta Braves baseball for Cleat Geeks, and he is a radio personality for The Fan Zone.

2 Zach Brunner-I am a college student studying sports management and coaching for my degree, and play in too many fantasy leagues some may say. I love talking sports and fantasy! I write articles on both football and fantasy football.

3 Clyde Dawkins–  I’m a huge fan of sports, especially hockey. My favorite teams are the New York Yankees, the Colorado Avalanche, the Chicago Bulls, the Green Bay Packers, and the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. I’m also a wrestling fan, especially women’s wrestling, WWE and TNA.

4 Mike Hetzel– I am a BGSU student and a fan of all Cleveland sports. I have always had a passion for sports as long as I can remember. Lately I have had a passion for writing sports articles. I write articles for on the Cleveland Browns.

5 Cody Marsee– Bachelors in Kinesiology with a Sports Management Emphasis. Sports enthusiast with a Cincinnati Emphasis. Long time Cincinnati Bengals & Reds fan from the tri-state area, now living in Colts Country. Collector of sports cards & memorabilia.

6 Brett Casella– 2014 college graduate with a business degree. Lifelong fan of the NFL, also played football for thirteen years. ICFF All-American Defensive End. Decent writer.NFLSuperBowlQuestions

Who should win Comeback Player of the Year and why?

ChrisJohnsonArizonaMy vote goes to Cardinals running back Chris Johnson. After the Titans released Johnson following the 2013 season, things didn’t look too bright for him. The Jets picked him up and let him split time with Chris Ivory in 2014. He ended the 2014 season with only 663 yards and 1 TD — the lowest season totals of his career. The Jets subsequently released him on February 15, 2015. Not even a month after being released, CJ2K got shot in the shoulder during a drive-by in Orlando, FL. It was a rough start to the year for him to say the least.

Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals decided to take a chance on the 30-year-old running back for the 2015 season, and it paid off nicely for both sides. CJ2K bounced back and posted 814 yards with 3 TDs in 2015 before getting injured and missing the last few weeks of the season.

The guy still has the bullet in his shoulder. I’d give him the award for that alone. 1

Carson Palmer. He had put on a MVP-like performance in the regular season just thirteen months after tearing his ACL for the second time. The 35-year-old led the league in total QBR, touchdown percentage, yards per attempt, and passes over 20 yards. He did struggle in the playoffs this season, but that should not have any influence over this award. 2

Aug 15, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Berry (29) hugs his mother Carol Berry prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals in a preseason NFL football game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Aug 15, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Berry (29) hugs his mother Carol Berry prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals in a preseason NFL football game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Eric Berry should unanimously win the Comeback Player of the Year. The man was diagnosed with cancer in late 2014, and not only returned to the field this season, he was a pivotal player on that Chiefs defense and played a huge hand in getting KC to the playoffs, as they ended the regular season winning 10 straight games. 3

This is a tough one but I think the guy who is probably 2nd place in my MVP vote would be the Comeback Player of the Year and that would be Carson Palmer.  Who would of thought Carson could come back from several injuries and perform the way he had all season long.  The Cardinals finished 13-3 and came close to making it to Super Bowl 50, but were destroyed by the Panthers. 4

Eric Berry seems like a unanimous vote for comeback player of the year after being diagnosed with cancer last season. He went through chemo & returned this season. He didn’t return either. He put up great numbers. 5CarsonPalmer300

This is a very tough year for comeback player of the year. Carson Palmer came back from a torn ACL and played the best football of his life at 36-years old. If it weren’t for Newton’s terrific season, he could very well be the MVP this year. Almost any other season, he walks away with the Comeback Player of the Year easily. Not this season. This season, Eric Berry returned to the field less than one year after being diagnosed with lymphoma. And he returned with a vengeance, grading out as one of PFF’s top safeties for the year and earning a spot on the Associated Press’ All Pro team. 6

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