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Fred getting Comeback POY pub

Posted by Chris Brown on January 6, 2014 – 4:12 pm

The NFL Comeback Player of the Year is awarded every year during the Super Bowl and some are of the opinion that Fred Jackson has a pretty good shot.

NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal lists Jackson, who finished the season with 1,283 all-purpose yards and 10 TDs, as his top candidate. Here’s what he wrote.

1. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills running back: Jackson was ignored coming out of Coe College and wound up playing for the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe before earning his first NFL snap in 2007 in Buffalo. He was 26 at the time. He’s been one of the league’s most underrated players ever since.

Jackson was ignored again coming into 2013. He missed six games last season because of two knee injuries that limited his effectiveness. 32-year-old running backs coming off injury-plagued seasons are usually put out to pasture. Jackson wound up passing a top-ten pick on the depth chart.

C.J. Spiller was expected to carry the load for the Bills, with Jackson described as a “step slow” in the preseason. One prominent fantasy football website said Jackson wouldn’t have “any fantasy impact” this year.

1,277 yards from scrimmage and ten touchdowns later, Jackson authored his most surprising season yet. He wound up playing 663 snaps to Spiller’s 389 despite a seven-year age difference. The AP Comeback Player of the Year Award would be a fitting reward for a career spent out of the spotlight.


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