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Keenan Allen named AP Comeback Player of the Year; former Chargers GM Bobby Beathard voted to Hall of Fame

By in Press Enterprise on February 4, 2018

By Jack Wang

For the first time in his career, Keenan Allen made it through a full season. He made all 16 games count.

On Saturday, the Chargers receiver became the AP Comeback Player of the Year, earning the title at the NFL Honors show in Minneapolis. After missing most of two seasons due to injuries, the 25-year-old had a resurgent 2017 campaign — finishing as the league’s third-leading receiver and making his first Pro Bowl.

It was an emphatic return for the former third-round pick, who lost half of the 2015 season to a lacerated kidney before tearing his ACL in the 2016 season opener.

“He really attacked the rehab head-on,” quarterback Philip Rivers said of Allen in December. “Not that he didn’t practice hard in the past, but the way he committed himself to practice and run, and run and practice — day in and day out, all the way back to OTAs — you just knew he was determined to have a great year.”

Earlier this week, Allen told Fox Sports 1 that he considered himself “the best in the league.”

“I am the best in the league.”@Keenan13Allen explains why he’s the top WR in the NFL pic.twitter.com/F0uWAkU4h1

— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) January 31, 2018

His 1,393 yards came on a franchise-record 102 receptions, two more than the old mark set by Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson 14 years earlier. Allen had six scoring catches, as well as a fumble return touchdown in a season-ending blowout of the Raiders.

Keenan Allen is officially the AP Comeback Player of the Year. He set a Chargers single-season record with 102 catches in 2017, six of which reached the end zone.

Also scored on this nifty little fumble recovery. pic.twitter.com/wv0GjU6JwU

— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) February 4, 2018

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