The Facts: A year after playing in just one game, Allen's journey to redemption received its topper when he was named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year on Saturday.
Diehards Line: Allen rebounded from a six-catch, 63-yard 2016 season that ended with a torn ACL by catching 102 passes for 1,393 yards and six touchdowns in 2017. He made history within his return, becoming the first player in league history to record three straight games of at least 10 receptions, 100 receiving yards and one touchdown. Allen's return to the Chargers provided a big-play, field-stretching element missing from the team in the previous season. It showed in the offense's production, with Rivers seeing a 2.2 percentage point increase in his completion rate, lopping 11 interceptions off his total and taking half as many sacks as the year prior. He also posted his best passer rating since the 2013 season. Allen's contributions landed him back in the consciousness of the league. A year after spending the season on the sideline, watching his quarterback throw the most interceptions of his career as the Chargers limped to a 5-11 record, Allen is back at the center of the franchise's future. That's the brightest ray of sunshine Bolts fans will find in Southern California.