The 2014 regular season has come to a close, and the first round of the playoff games are just a day away from beginning. That means it's that time of the year to discuss the yearly awards that are given out. One of those awards is the Comeback Player award which is given to a player who comeback from some sort of adversity and has played at a high level during the 2014 season. There happens to be two Denver Broncos players on the roster right now who deserve to win this award.
If either Chris Harris Jr. or Von Miller doesn't win Comeback Player of the Year, safe to say folks weren't paying attention.— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) December 31, 2014
Why Chris Harris Jr. deserves to win the comeback player of the year award:
Last January Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris was playing the San Diego Chargers in the divisional round of the playoffs when he suffered a torn ACL. Suffering that serious of an injury in January usually means that their availability for next season is usually in doubt. This wasn't the case for Harris.
Not only did Harris make it back for the season opener against the Colts, he made it off the PUP before the beginning of August.
Harris followed this up by earning his first pro-bowl selection, and being the top cornerback in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus.
Here's your top 12 rated cornerbacks in the NFL from PFF. Final 2014 list. Broncos only team with two players. pic.twitter.com/cDHkZA6fkN— Brandon Spano Show (@BrandonSpano) December 29, 2014
Harris finished the 2014 season with 54 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 3 interceptions. Those stats don't tell the whole story about how dominant Harris was this season.
Why Von Miller deserves to win the comeback player of the year award:
2013 was a lost year for Von Miller. He was suspended for a failed drug test, he had a weight gain, and to top everything off Miller suffered a late season ACL tear.
Obviously Miller was facing some on and off the field issues as the offseason began. Miller began to change his life around. He focused on rehabbing his knee injury, and addition of veteran DeMarcus Ware was huge for Miller. The veteran helped Miller get his life in order.
Much like Harris, Miller was facing an injury that usually takes an entire year to return from but Miller made it back by the time Training Camp kicked off for the Broncos. Miller was able to start week one, and continued to have another Pro Bowl season. Miller finished the season with 60 tackles, and 14 sacks.
- Oregon defeats Florida State and heads to the National Championship game to face Ohio State.
- Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeVeon Bell did not feel comfortable testing his knee during Thursday's practice.
- Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley returns to practice.
- Colts receiver Reggie Wayne says he would like to return next season if the Colts would have him.
- Eric Davis believes that Doug Marrone quit on the Bills.
- Bill Polian turns down the offer the be the Buffalo Bills General Manager, and will stay at ESPN.
- Kansas City Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey says the team has some work to do at the wide receiver position.
- The Arizona Cardinals will be starting Quarterback Ryan Lindley against the Carolina Panthers this weekend.