Who is the best comeback athlete of 2022? These amazing athletes are back on fan's radars after time spent away from the sport. Whether due to injury, age, or off-the-field pressures, these great athletes stepped away and returned better than ever. These comeback athletes are up for awards like the ESPY's comeback athlete of the year in 2022. Who is the best comeback athlete right now? Which athletes made the most impressive comebacks?
At the top of all 2022 comeback athlete lists would have to be Tom Brady, who retired from the NFL in January, only to reverse his retirement on March 13, 2022. NBA star LaMarcus Aldridge stepped away from basketball in 2021 due to health concerns, but returned this year to basketball with the Brooklyn Nets. Then there's other comeback sports stars such as Joe Burrow, Ben Simmons, and S
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When Klay Thompson tore his ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, nobody knew it would be 2.5 years before we'd see the sharpshooting guard on an NBA court again. On January 9, 2022, Thompson made his return to the court against the Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring 17 points in 20 minutes for the win. Later in March, Klay dropped a season-high 38 points, letting hopeful fans wonder: is basketball nirvana back in Golden State?
When Quarterback Joe Burrow blew out his knee in the middle of his rookie year, things didn't look promising for the former Heisman out of LSU. Fast forward one year, after the QB Burrow led the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl and was awarded the NFL's Comeback Player of The Year on February 10, 2022. Burrow technically made his comeback last year, but the spirit of great comeback athletes lives within him.
When the USMNT golden boy went down with an ankle injury sustained Sept. 9 against Honduras, things looked dire for the USA's qualifying hopes, but the resilient side held down the fort until the Chelsea star attacking midfielder could return to the pitch for country. With a lot of doubts surrounding his ability to stay on the field, Pulisic has responded in 2022 with 4 goals and 2 assists for club and added another goal for the US in WCQ. If the US are to make noise at the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, it will be on the shoulders of the American prodigy.
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In Week 8 of the 2021 NFL season, the 2020 NFL Offensive Player of the Year went down with a Jones fracture. Henry was activated off injured reserve on January 21, 2022, way ahead of schedule, for the Titan's playoff game against the Bengals. In his return, Henry had 20 carries for 62 yards along with a rushing touchdown. With a full offseason to get healthy, the 2x Pro Bowler will look to reclaim his NFL rushing leader status.
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For an NBA prospect to only play 85 games through his first three seasons is extremely troubling. Zion Williamson's short NBA career has been mired with injury and fitness related setbacks. The Pelicans stocked up on All Star talent by adding Jonas Valanciunas in the offseason and C.J. McCollum at the 2022 NBA trade deadline to make for intriguing core alongside Brandon Ingram and Zion. The only step left is for Zion to actually get back on the court, a comeback towards which he is inching every day.
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McCaffery has played 10 out of a possible 33 games over the past two seasons, due to injury. While the fifth-year Carolina Panther seems to be getting more attention for his off-field romance these days, there's still an All-Pro running back inside McCaffery somewhere.