As great of an honor it is for Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford to be recognized as the 2011 NFL Comeback Player of the Year, the hope is that he never will have a chance to win it again. Stafford had to battle injuries in his first two years in the NFL, and in 2011 he came back by playing a full season and putting up some outrageous numbers. He definitely deserved the award, but as Stafford has said during interviews and as Jim Schwartz said on Twitter Saturday night, hopefully this will be the last time Stafford is in a position to be considered for the award.
And congratulations to Matt Stafford on his first (and last) NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.— Jim Schwartz (@jschwartzlions) February 5, 2012
Schwartz and his son were in attendance to watch Stafford receive the award. Former Lions running back Barry Sanders was also at NFL Honors, as he helped present one of the other awards.
Hopefully at this time next year Stafford will be named the recipient of some of the other awards, such as NFL MVP and NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Then again, let's also hope that even if he is under consideration for awards next year that he will be too busy preparing for the Super Bowl to be at the show.