Published: Feb. 3, 2017 at 12:26 p.m.
Updated: Feb. 3, 2017 at 12:56 p.m.

Comeback Player of the Year picks: Jordy Nelson gets overwhelming support


The night before Super Bowl LI, the NFL will salute its best players and plays from the 2016 season with "NFL Honors," a star-studded football and entertainment event hosted by Keegan-Michael Key from the Wortham Theater Center in Houston. Here's the broadcasting information for Saturday night's festivities:

» 7 p.m. ET on NFL Network: Super Bowl Saturday Night, featuring all the red-carpet coverage.
» 8 p.m. ET on FOX: 6th Annual NFL Honors

One of the awards that will be presented on Saturday: Comeback Player of the Year for the 2016 season. Who gets your vote?

Jordy Nelson's chemistry with Aaron Rodgers is a beautiful thing
Jordy Nelson was one of the best receivers this season. I don't know if any other QB-WR combo had better chemistry that Nelson and Aaron Rodgers.
Cameron Wake tore his Achilles ... then returned to post 11.5 sacks and five forced fumbles
Cameron Wake is not human. A torn Achilles tendon can destroy careers, but Wake somehow returned better than ever at age 34.
How does Nelson NOT win this award?
It's hard to pick anybody other than Jordy Nelson for this honor. After sustaining a torn ACL in a preseason game prior to last season, he returned to lead the NFL in touchdown receptions. The Packers -- and Aaron Rodgers -- got their groove back as Nelson returned to his old form midway through the season.
Nelson picked up right where he left off in 2014
Nobody came close to what Nelson accomplished in the season after tearing his ACL, leading the NFL in touchdown catches (14) while racking up 1,257 yards. And though I know this award is based on the regular season, for Nelson to play in the NFC title game with a painful rib injury was phenomenal.
Packers receiver made Rodgers' job a lot easier
Jordy Nelson made big-time plays all season for Green Bay. Even coming off the knee injury, he created separation and found ways to come down with the ball.
Nelson regained his former dominance over the course of the season
Jordy Nelson didn't play a regular-season down in 2015 and then he started off in 2016 seeming to lack the quickness and separation ability he had in the past. But as the season progressed, Nelson regained his form as the Packers' No. 1 WR -- and a legit No. 1 WR in the NFL. He led the league in touchdown grabs, while snagging 97 balls for 1,257 yards.
At age 31 -- and fresh off major knee surgery -- Nelson posted some eye-popping numbers
Nelson's numbers (97 catches, 1,257 yards, 14 touchdowns) are impressive on their own. But for a 31-year-old coming off major knee surgery, they net him my vote for this award.
Jordy to the rescue!
We all saw how much of a difference Jordy Nelson made to Aaron Rodgers' offense this season. The guy finished with a league-best 14 receiving TDs.
Wake provided big boost in return from major injury
Entering his eighth NFL season after an Achilles tear, DE Cameron Wake was a huge force on the Dolphins' defensive line. His production (11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, two passes defensed and one INT) speaks for itself.
After missing the entire 2015 campaign, Nelson returned to pace the league in TD grabs
After missing all of 2015 with a knee injury, Nelson rebounded to finish fifth in receptions, sixth in receiving yards and first in touchdown catches while being a key piece of the Packers' madcap run to the postseason.
Nelson edges out Wake and Murray
Back from ACL surgery, Rodgers' go-to receiver found the end zone 14 times this season and served as the top pass catcher during the Green Bay rebirth. Miami's Cameron Wake and Tennessee's DeMarco Murray (who came back from playing for Chip Kelly) were high on the list, too.
The Packers returned to form as Nelson did
Jordy Nelson. Dude returned from a major knee injury after his 30th birthday. He struggled a touch to really get going early in the season, but you could see how much he meant to the Packers' offense. It's no coincidence the team really started to roll and run the table once he got fully healthy.
When was Jordy Nelson not in the end zone?
We've talked about Jordy Nelson all year. His presence made a significant difference -- as in 14 touchdowns -- in the Packers' passing game.
Packers were significantly better with Nelson
We saw Aaron Rodgers without Jordy last year. This year was night and day with Nelson back on the field.
Nelson has impact that goes behind the stat books
What more can be said about what Jordy means to the Packers' offense? Even when his numbers weren't through the roof -- which wasn't often -- he opened up the rest of the field for other receivers.
Nelson allowed Green Bay to thrive despite one-dimensional offense
With a lack of run game, the Packers desperately needed Jordy Nelson back -- and he came through in a big way. The way he played made me almost forget he had a major knee injury last year.

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