NFL names 3 finalists for AP Comeback Player of the Year


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It’s one thing to make it to the National Football League and another thing to have a long career in the NFL.

In fact, the average length of an NFL career is only 3.3 years, either because of injuries or because of the league’s competitiveness and the number of players living off of it.

That’s why the league does well to honor players who have managed to bounce back and come back after missing time through injury or not playing at all, by boasting the AP Comeback Player of the Year award. .

Notably, this year’s finalists all deserve more than this award, as the NFL just revealed that Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants, Christian McCaffrey of the San Francisco 49ers and Geno Smith of the Seattle Seahawks are the top three nominees.

Barkley, once considered the league’s best running back, has battled multiple major injuries in consecutive seasons.

He rebounded this year rushing for 1,312 yards on 295 attempts (4.4 yards per carry) and ten touchdowns, adding 57 receptions for 338 yards and making 16 starts this season.

McCaffrey had also spent most of the time on the shelf with countless injuries during his days with the Carolina Panthers.

This season, he rushed the football 244 times for 1,139 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns, adding 85 receptions for 741 yards and five extra scores.

Last but not least, Geno Smith also made his case after being demoted to a substitute role for the past six seasons.

He made 17 starts and led the Seahawks to a 9-8 record and a playoff berth, throwing for 4,282 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions with a 69.8% completion rate and running for 366 yards. and a touchdown.




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