Lions QB Matthew Stafford Wins NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award

Matthew Stafford has been named the 2011 Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Stafford bounced back from a pair of shoulder separations that limited him to just three games in 2010 to pass for 5,038 yards with 41 touchdowns and 16 interceptions as the Lions went 10-6 and returned to the post-season for the first time since 1999.

Stafford received 21 of the 50 votes, six more votes than Cleveland Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil, New England Patriots defensive end Andre Carter and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning also received votes.

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