Sporting News names Vick NFL Comeback Player of Year

Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick reacts after being introduced before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

January 12, 2011 8:55:53 PM PST
Though the Philadelphia Eagles could not garner a comeback against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday, tonight Michael Vick is celebrating a comeback of his own.

That is because the Sporting News has named Vick the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

After Kevin Kolb went down with a concussion during Week 1, Andy Reid named Michael Vick the starting quarterback.

Vick led the Eagles to a 10-6 regular season record before the Birds were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round.

On his Twitter account, @mikevick, Vick wrote, "I'm thankful for all the people in my life who made this possible. They know who they are!"

The Sporting News cites Vick's stats as reason for this honor.

Vick's record as a starter was 8-3. He passed for 21 touchdowns and rushed for 9. In all, he had 6 interceptions with a completion percentage of 62.6.

His passer rating was 100.2.

NFL coach Tony Dungy tells the Sporting News that a change in lifestyle, quality coaching, and improved worth ethic were the keys to Vick's turnaround.