CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 12: Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears looks to the sideline in between plays against the New England Patriots at Soldier Field on December 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Patriots beat the Bears 36-7. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brian Urlacher
“Vick's got to get it,'' Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune. "Especially with all the stuff he's been through. For me, I don't really care about that.''
With these comments, Urlacher shows that he doesn't really care about awards. Maybe Urlacher's mantle is full. With a Defensive Player of the Year, a Defensive Rookie of the Year and multiple Pro Bowl and All-Pro awards, perhaps Urlacher doesn't really care about getting credit. That's too bad, because he is absolutely deserving of the Comeback award.
Urlacher played in just one game last season before breaking his wrist. Without him, the Bears defense suffered, giving up 23.4 points and 337 yards per game. Upon his return, the Bears defense turned into one of the NFL's best. This season, they gave up just under 18 points and 314 yards per regular season game. He led the team in tackles with 126, and added four sacks -- a category he was blanked on the previous two seasons -- and an interception.
Vick's renaissance is impressive, but what is he coming back from? He played a full season last year. He's far enough removed from his prison sentence that the NFL doesn't need to still be amazed by his comeback. Urlacher spent last season rehabbing his wrist, while Vick spent it playing football. How is that a comeback?