Tedy Bruschi: Giants’ Nick Gates deserves Comeback Player of the Year

New York Giants offensive lineman Nick Gates beat impossible odds to play again this season after he shattered his leg last year in what many felt was a career-ending injury.

Gates has gotten little attention when it comes to the Comeback Player of the Year, however. As the season has gone on, that has changed a bit.

There is a sudden groundswell of support for Gates as the Giants are once again in the playoffs and his story is becoming more well-known.

You can add ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi — the former New England Patriots linebacker who himself won the award back in 2005 — as another heavyweight in Gates’ corner.

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Bruschi suffered a stroke early in 2005 but battled back to play midway through the season. His endorsement alone holds a lot of weight but it may not put Gates over the top for the award.

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Story originally appeared on Giants Wire