Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger came in second to Washington quarterback Alex Smith in the NFL Comeback Player of the Year voting, but received just one vote as Smith ran away with the award.
Smith took home 49 of the 50 votes, as he returned from a compound leg fracture suffered in the 2018 season that nearly cost him his leg.
Not only did Smith return to the field this season after missing all of 2019 after his injury became infected, he performed well, leading Washington to a 5-1 record in games he started. Smith threw for 1,582 yards and six touchdowns while recording a 78.5 passer rating.
Roethlisberger also returned in 2020 from injury, after suffering an elbow injury in the second game of the Steelers’ 2019 season that required extensive surgery.
Roethlisberger returned to lead the Steelers to a division title and a 12-4 record and threw for 3,803 yards and 33 touchdowns in 15 games.