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5 Players Who Deserved 2013 NFL Comeback Player of the Year More Than Philip Rivers

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Philip Rivers: 2013 Comeback Player of the Year

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The 2013 Comeback Player of the Year was awarded to Philip Rivers, and while Rivers was a worthy candidate, many fans felt that there were far more deserving players of the award.

Until this past season, Rivers seemed to just be wasting away with the San Diego Chargers. He was becoming known for his interceptions more than his touchdowns, and it just appeared to be a matter of time before he was out of a job. Rivers completely turned his career around in 2013 and he had one of his best seasons ever; he threw the most touchdowns in his career this past season with 32 and he only had 11 interceptions. The Chargers had a nice run in 2013, and Rivers really brought the team together with his renewed enthusiasm.

There is different criteria for winning the Comeback Player of the Year title, and many fans like to see a player who has suffered an injury in the previous season win the award. Even if you aren't a professional athlete, every sports fan is aware of how an injury can plague someone in their daily life. Every athlete normally attests to the fact that their body is not the same after an injury, but they still try to find a way to take the field and stay competitive. Imagine having some part of your body injured, and then you have to worry about a 300 pound man landing on top of you. It is truly amazing how athletes such as Adrian Peterson can return from a very serious injury and still dominate the league. These are the type of comeback stories that the fans root for.

The other way that you can win the award is by overcoming some type of adversity faced the previous season. This adversity could be poor performances, off the field issues, or anything that hindered the normal standards of a player. Michael Vick is an example of a player who did not play in the NFL for several years, but came back in 2010 to win the award.

The Chargers improving on offense does not warrant Rivers winning this award , however, and there are other players who overcame more than Rivers. Without further ado, I would like to present the five players who deserved Comeback Player of the Year more than Rivers.

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5. Vernon Davis

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Vernon Davis not only had to overcome injuries in 2012, but he found himself with a new quarterback as well. Davis improved from 548 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2012 to 850 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns in 2013.

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4. Knowshon Moreno

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After almost everyone wrote off Knowshon Moreno, he went on to have the best year of his career in 2013. Moreno had a great season with 1,039 rushing yards, 548 receiving yards and 13 total touchdowns.

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3. Pierre Garcon

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Things were shaky in Washington this year, but Pierre Garcon provided his team with stability. After only playing in 10 games in 2012, Garcon finished his 2013 season averaging 84.1 receiving yards a game, caught over 100 passes, and totaled 1,346 receiving yards.

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2. LeSean McCoy

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Every Eagles fan was excited to see what Chip Kelly could do with LeSean McCoy, and the city of Philadelphia was not disappointed. McCoy did not have a bad season in 2012, but his 2013 campaign was absolutely staggering. In 2013, McCoy rushed for more than 1,600 yards, scored a total of 11 touchdowns, and accumulated 539 receiving yards.

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1. Alex Smith

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Alex Smith was one of the most inspiring comeback stories of 2013. After losing his job in San Francisco, Smith threw for the most touchdowns and passing yards of his career. Not only did he provide inspiration for any athlete who lost their starting role, but he helped the Kansas City Chiefs become a respected football team.