Call it a comeback — and a remarkable one — for Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen, who was named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year Saturday night by the Associated Press.
Allen, a five-year veteran whose past two seasons prior to 2017 were derailed suddenly by a torn ACL and lacerated kidney, respectively, ranked third in the NFL in receiving yards (1,393) and fourth in catches (102) in his first 16-game season.
Allen was Philip Rivers' go-to target on the league's No. 1 passing offense, with the pair's December surge nearly helping the Bolts turn an 0-4 start into a playoff berth. Allen put together one of the most prolific three-game stretches in NFL history from Weeks 11-13, when he totaled 33-436-4 receiving. Allen had at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown in five of the Chargers' final six wins.
Pro Football Weekly named Allen our Comeback Player of the Year award in December. Check out Arthur Arkush's story on Allen, who didn't just pick up where he left of following back-to-back grueling season-ending injuries — he elevated his game to new heights.