No player really wants to win the comeback player of the year award. After all, you have to go through some adversity to prior to the season in which you earn the reward and players would always rather have smooth sailing throughout their careers.
But if you’ve got through the adversity, you might as well win the award and Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III appears to be set up to do just that. Blogger Chris Wesseling of NFL.com makes him the favorite to take the comeback trophy in 2014.
For one thing, it helps to be a quarterback. Of the last 20 comeback players, 10 have been QB’s. Last year it was Philip Rivers of the Chargers.
Griffin’s high profile and his very public “shut down” at the end of last year will make him an easy choice if he has a solid season.
“I've had Griffin penciled in for this award ever since Mike Shanahan became the first NFL head coach to shut down a healthy franchise quarterback,” writes Wesseling. “Multiple reports suggest RGIII has already regained the form that took the league by storm as the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012.
“As a household name and one of the NFL's most exciting players, Griffin has a built-in advantage over the rest of the field. With an upgraded offensive line and one of the league's premier receiver corps, Griffin will be the frontrunner entering the season.”
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Falcons receiver Julio Jones, both of whom suffered injury shortened 2013 seasons, are the other prime candidates.
Griffin playing well enough to warrant consideration of the comeback award would be a good development for the Redskins. It would mean that the investment of so many high draft picks in him just might have been worth it.