Wednesday Dec. 31, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) -- Chad Pennington has made a comeback from a comeback. The Miami Dolphins quarterback is the winner of The Associated
Press 2008 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
It's the second time in three years Pennington has received the honor. He also earned it in 2006 when returned from two rotator cuff operations in eight months in 2005 and led the Jets to the playoffs. But New York benched him during the 2007 season and traded him to Miami last summer when they acquired Brett Favre. Pennington led the Dolphins to an 11-5 record and a postseason berth as the AFC East champion. The division-rival Jets finished 9-7 and out of the playoffs.
Pennington received 19 votes from a nationwide panel of media members. Fellow QBs Kerry Collins of Tennessee and Jake Delhomme of Carolina we the runners-up with six votes apiece.
Pennington is the first player in the 11 seasons of the award to win it twice.
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