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Cadillac Williams' story more compelling than Brady's



Cadillac Williams came back from two serious knee injuries in as many seasons.

Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady recovered from one. But Brady narrowly defeated Williams to be named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year by the Associated Press.

Brady received 19 votes and Williams earned 15 votes from a panel of 50 media members.

It's hard to imagine there was a more inspirational player in 2009 than Williams. He ruptured the patellar tendon in his right knee in Sept. 2007 and tore the patellar tendon in his left knee on the final game of the 2008 season.

Almost nobody figured Williams would play in all 16 games this season, much less lead the Bucs in rushing with 821 yards and four touchdowns. His 129-yard rushing effort at New Orleans was the first time he eclipsed the century rushing mark since 2006.

Look, Brady is an exceptional player who led the Patriots to a 10-6 record and passed for more than 4,000 yards. Recoveting from a torn ACL and MCL was no picnic. But he only had to do it once.

Brady also is surrounded by great players and part of a playoff team. It was a much, much harder road for Williams. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:53pm]


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