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Joe Flacco wins Comeback Player of the Year; Baker Mayfield is third

Flacco, 39, was home in New Jersey with his family when Cleveland called. He won four of five starts to lead the Browns to the playoffs.
 
Cleveland Browns quarterback Joe Flacco speaks after being named the Comeback Player of the Year a the NFL Honors award show Thursday in Las Vegas.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Joe Flacco speaks after being named the Comeback Player of the Year a the NFL Honors award show Thursday in Las Vegas. [ DAVID J. PHILLIP | AP ]
Published Feb. 9|Updated Feb. 9

Quarterback Joe Flacco, who came off the couch to lead the Cleveland Browns to the playoffs, is the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year. He was honored at the NFL Honors awards show Thursday night in Las Vegas.

Flacco beat out Bills safety Damar Hamlin and Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield. He received 13 first-place votes, 26 second-place votes and eight thirds to finish with 151 points.

Flacco, the 39-year-old former Super Bowl MVP, was home in New Jersey with his family when Cleveland called him in November. He went 4-1 in five starts and passed for over 300 yards in four straight games with 13 touchdowns.

Hamlin returned to the NFL this season after collapsing on the field and needing to be resuscitated following a cardiac arrest on Jan. 2, 2023. He played in five regular-season games. Hamlin received 21 first-place votes but appeared on 42 of 50 ballots while Flacco was on 47. He got seven second-place votes and 14 thirds for 140 points.

Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield arrives during the NFL Honors award show Thursday in Las Vegas.
Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield arrives during the NFL Honors award show Thursday in Las Vegas. [ TYLER KAUFMAN | AP ]

Mayfield, who bounced around from the Browns to the Panthers to the Rams last season, started every game for the Bucs and led them to the division round of the playoffs. He got 10 first-place votes and finished with 93 points.

Others receiving first-place votes were: Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (4), Rams QB Matthew Stafford (1) and 49ers QB Brock Purdy (1).

First-place votes are worth five points, second-place votes are three and third-place votes are one.

Other awards

Walter Payton Man of the Year: Cam Heyward, Steelers

NFL Most Valuable Player: Lamar Jackson, Ravens

Pro Football Hall of Fame class: Julius Peppers, Dwight Freeney, Patrick Willis, Andre Johnson, Devin Hester, Randy Gradishar, Steve McMichael

Offensive Player of the Year: Christian McCaffrey, 49ers

Defensive Player of the Year: Myles Garrett, Browns

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Will Anderson Jr., Texans

Offensive Rookie of the Year: C.J. Stroud, Texans

Coach of the Year: Kevin Stefanski, Browns

Assistant Coach of the Year: Browns defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz

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