GREEN BAY — Packers receiver Jordy Nelson has been selected as the 2016 NFL Comeback Player of the Year, chosen in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).
Nelson rebounded from a season-ending knee injury suffered in the 2015 preseason to lead the NFL with 14 receiving touchdowns this past season.
The ninth-year veteran started all 16 games for the Packers, catching 97 passes for 1,257 yards. Nelson finished in the fifth in the NFL in receptions and sixth in receiving yards.
Nelson tied for fourth in the NFL with five 100-yard receiving games and became only the second player in Green Bay history to have two seasons with 95 or more receptions. He had a touchdown reception in 11 games, which tied for the most in a single season in club history, and his three multi-receiving TD games was tied for the most in the NFL in 2016.
Nelson is the second member of the Packers to receive Comeback Player of the Year honors, joining wide receiver Robert Brooks (1997).
Atlanta linebacker Vic Beasley, who led the NFL in sacks, also was selected as the 2016 NFL Most Improved Player of the Year on Friday.