After missing the final nine games of the 2006
season and the first three games of the current campaign due to a
debilitating Achilles' tendon injury, Cowboys linebacker Greg Ellis
put on a performance that has earned him the AP's NFL Comeback
Player of the Year award.
Ellis received 12 votes in the balloting by a nationwide panel
of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Patriots
receiver Randy Moss was the runner-up with 10 votes.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as third with seven votes.
Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre got five votes, as did
Cleveland running back Jamal Lewis.
Ellis went from a nonfactor in Dallas to a Pro Bowler in his new
position after spending most of his career as a defensive end. He
had 12 and a-half sacks, forming a dynamic pass-rushing force with
All-Pro linebacker DeMarcus Ware.
Ellis is the first Cowboy and also the first linebacker to win
the award, which went to Jets quarterback Chad Pennington last