While some may pick an injured player from last year – Matt Hasselbeck, Romo, Leigh Bodden, Sergio Kindle, Bob Sanders – for Comeback Player of the Year, I suggest two different names, and their performances could change the outcome of the Super Bowl: Donovan McNabb and Randy Moss.
For a fan of either player, you have to hope that the player – who has been rumored to have limitations on plays he can run and had a bad season last year – is in the gladiator shape his agent or himself says he is in AND is motivated to work hard for redemption.
McNabb may not start for the Vikings. But – if he does and plays a good portion of the season -, he will have strong weapons around him: four-time Pro Bowler and #1 back in the NFL Adrian Peterson, 2009 Offensive Rookie of the Year Percy Harvin, and two stout tight ends that can block and catch: Visanthe Shiancoe and Kyle Rudolph. McNabb’s 2010 stats: 58.3% comp., 3377 yards, 14 TD, 15 INT in 13 games.
Randy Moss is motivated and ready to prove the doubters and haters wrong. I have said all along I think the Jets will take him and I think he’ll be more affordable than Braylon Edwards. Randy Moss’s 2010 stats: 28 rec, 393 yards, 13.0 avg, 5 TD.
As a Ravens fan, I hope that Kindle wins it or Carolina’s Steve Smith wherever he goes. I will be watching for McNabb and Moss to maximize their last hurrah’s.
UPDATE: Donovan McNabb might not be going to the Vikings after all.
ProFootballTalk says he isn’t thrilled with “how the Vikings side of the situation was handled.” It seems he might be getting emotional over not being their #1 choice (new Bills QB Tyler Thigpen).
They should sign Marc Bulger if this drags on. He’s cheaper and doesn’t have as much wear and tear (see: Favre last season).