Eagles QB Michael Vick has won The Associated Press' Comeback Player of the Year award.
Vick missed two seasons as a result of his federal conviction on dogfighting charges, and he spent most of the 2009 season as a sparingly used backup quarterback behind Donovan McNabb.
This past season, however, a concussion suffered by new Eagles starting QB Kevin Kolb opened the door for Vick, and he never looked back. Showing more developed passing skills than he had with his first team, the Falcons, Vick led the Eagles to a 10-6 record and the NFC East title.
"He had a plan, and he stuck to that, both on and off the field," Eagles head coach Andy Reid said. "He knew certain things he wanted to get better at, and he was open to the coaching on it, and he got himself back into shape. ... So he did a great job with the football part of it.
"And then he spends a tremendous amount of time in the public, in particular on his days off ... speaking and doing the best he can to right the wrong. You can never erase that, but you can sure help change others from falling into that same problem."
Vick won the award with 29½ out of 50 votes, followed by Seahawks WR Mike Williams with eight, Vikings LB E.J. Henderson with 3½, and Patriots WR Wes Welker, Bears MLB Brian Urlacher and Chiefs QB Matt Cassel with two apiece.