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6 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Candidates

Sam Spiegelman lists the 6 leadings candidates for NFL comeback player of the year with one surprise on defense.

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5. Rolando McClain

Back in April, we featured McClain in a story titled “How to Fail a Job Interview.” Oh, how McClain proved us (mostly me) all wrong.

McClain, a former first-round pick by the Oakland Raiders, has been released by the Black and Silver only to fail a tryout offered to him by the Ravens, whose general manager Ozzie Newsome is a proud Alabama alum. After the tryout, McClain retired a second time from professional football, all but putting the nail into his own NFL coffin.

However, the depleted Dallas Cowboys defense was in need of help at linebacker after Sean Lee went down with yet another season-ending injury. In came McClain, who through nine games has produced 33 tackles, two interceptions, three pass defenses and a sack.

McClain is a key reason as to why the Cowboys’ defense has fared surprisingly well in 2014, and a major part of the equation that has led them to a 6-2 record and in play for an NFC East crown.

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