There are so many ways that one can define a player who might be eligible for the designation of "Comeback Player of the Year". Perhaps most common is the stigma of someone playing well in a year following an injury. Sometimes though, it is as simple as one playing much better in a particular season after falling out of graces the year prior--former Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna won the NFL's award back in 2003 for that very reason.
The nominees that the staff came up with for the Bengals 2013 season award in the category fall into both camps. We've decided to look at players who had career renaissances as well as those who came off of an injury and played well the following year. Cast your vote and sound off!
Josh Kirkendall: I went with Andrew Whitworth. He had many nagging injuries in 2012 which caused him to play at a bit lower level. he had a couple of issues in 2013, but played well this season, playing both guard and tackle.
Anthony Cosenza: Just to be a little different, I'm going with Mike Nugent. After a season-ending injury in 2012, Nugent went 18-22 on the year and had many late field goals to help with victories. The ones against Detroit and Buffalo were at the final moments and his leg won those important match-ups.
willPOWER (William Newell): For what he had done in the latter half of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, I would give it to Leon Hall.
Mojokong: I'm going with Rey Maualuga. He played his best football as a pro in 2013 and we didn't see the same mistakes being made that were seen in prior years.
Mickey Mentzer: I, too, am going with Andrew Whitworth. The offensive line relied heavily on him this season because of injuries to others.
Andrew Miller: I have to go with Maualuga--much improved this season.
Nick Seuberling: I'm going with the other guys and saying Maualuga as well.
Mike Townsend: Yep, Maualuga for me as well on this award.