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NFL Honors: Matthew Stafford In The Mix For AP Comeback Player Of The Year

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Matthew Stafford and Kelly Hall attend ESPN The Magazine's "NEXT" Event on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Matthew Stafford and Kelly Hall attend ESPN The Magazine's "NEXT" Event on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Today in Indianapolis, several awards for the 2011 season will be handed out at the inaugural NFL Honors show. Rather than just have these awards announced separately over the course of a few weeks, the NFL decided to make an event out of it by bringing them all together for an awards show.

One of the awards that will be handed out at NFL Honors is the AP Comeback Player of the Year. Many believe Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will win the award after putting together an amazing season. Considering his first two years in the NFL were riddled by injuries, giving Stafford the award would certainly make sense. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is also one of the names being tossed around for the award.

It's worth noting that the AP Comeback Player of the Year award is presented by Van Heusen, which has apparently become a sponsor of Stafford:

This could just be a coincidence, but I think Stafford is a good bet to take home the award. We will find out for sure later today, as NFL Honors will be taped from 6-8 p.m. (ET) and will air on NBC from 9-11 p.m. (ET). You can check out a full rundown of the awards being handed out and the notable players set to be in attendance below.

PLAYERS, COACHES, OWNERS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR INCLUDE:

ERIC BERRY, Kansas City Chiefs

LeGARRETTE BLOUNT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NaVORRO BOWMAN, San Francisco 49ers

DREW BREES, New Orleans Saints

ANTONIO BROWN, Pittsburgh Steelers

RANDALL COBB, Green Bay Packers

JOSH CRIBBS, Cleveland Browns

ANDY DALTON, Cincinnati Bengals

VERNON DAVIS, San Francisco 49ers

D’BRICKASHAW FERGUSON, New York Jets

LARRY FITZGERALD, Arizona Cardinals

RYAN FITZPATRICK, Buffalo Bills

MATT FORTE, Chicago Bears

ARIAN FOSTER, Houston Texans

ANTONIO GATES, San Diego Chargers

TONY GONZALEZ, Atlanta Falcons

A.J. GREEN, Cincinnati Bengals

MATT HASSELBECK, Tennessee Titans

DEVIN HESTER, Chicago Bears

DeSEAN JACKSON, Philadelphia Eagles

D’QWELL JACKSON, Cleveland Browns

STEVEN JACKSON, St. Louis Rams

STEVIE JOHNSON, Buffalo Bills

MAURICE JONES-DREW, Jacksonville Jaguars

RYAN KERRIGAN, Washington Redskins

RAY LEWIS, Baltimore Ravens

CHRIS LONG, St. Louis Rams

MARSHAWN LYNCH, Seattle Seahawks

PEYTON MANNING, Indianapolis Colts

BRANDON MARSHALL, Miami Dolphins

LeSEAN McCOY, Philadelphia Eagles

VON MILLER, Denver Broncos

DeMARCO MURRAY, Dallas Cowboys

CAM NEWTON, Carolina Panthers

PATRICK PETERSON, Arizona Cardinals

CHRISTIAN PONDER, Minnesota Vikings

RAY RICE, Baltimore Ravens

AARON RODGERS, Green Bay Packers

JEFF SATURDAY, Indianapolis Colts

JEROME SIMPSON, Cincinnati Bengals

ALDON SMITH, San Francisco 49ers

ALEX SMITH, San Francisco 49ers

MATTHEW STAFFORD, Detroit Lions

TERRELL SUGGS, Baltimore Ravens

TIM TEBOW, Denver Broncos

DeMARCUS WARE, Dallas Cowboys

REGGIE WAYNE, Indianapolis Colts

PATRICK WILLIS, San Francisco 49ers

JASON WITTEN, Dallas Cowboys

CONNIE, JARRETT & BRITTNEY PAYTON

BUD ADAMS

TROY AIKMAN

BRIAN BILLICK

BOOMER ESIASON

MARSHALL FAULK

MICHAEL IRVIN

JIM KELLY

ARCHIE MANNING

STEVE MARIUCCI

GEORGE MARTIN

MIKE MAYOCK

JOE MONTANA

ANTHONY MUNOZ

SEAN PAYTON

ANDRE REED

JERRY RICE

REX RYAN

BARRY SANDERS

DEION SANDERS

WARREN SAPP

SHANNON SHARPE

DON SHULA

PHIL SIMMS

KURT WARNER

STEVE YOUNG

AP Most Valuable Player

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

AP Coach of the Year presented by XFINITY, only from Comcast

AP Comeback Player of the Year presented by Van Heusen

AP Offensive Player of the Year presented by Castrol

AP Defensive Player of the Year

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year presented by Pepsi Max

AP Defensive Rookie of the Year presented by Pepsi Max

Pepsi Rookie of the Year

GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year

NFL .com Fantasy Player of the Year presented by Papa John’s

Play of the Year presented by Bridgestone

Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award presented by Prilosec OTC

Salute To Service Award Presented by USAA

Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award

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