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The season has come to an end. Was it as good for you as it was for me? Hopefully a lot of you are celebrating fantasy championships and are currently rubbing it in the faces of co-workers and/or schoolmates. If you were lucky enough to nab DeAngelo Williams off of waivers then good for you. If you drafted Joseph Addai, then I feel your pain. Those who took a chance on Michael Turner were rewarded. Those who drafted Matt Leinart instead of Kurt Warner missed another amazing season. The best part about any regrettable choice is that we can all take comfort in an old saying: there is always next year.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger lay motionless on the field on Sunday against Cleveland after taking a vicious hit. Reports said he felt numbness in his hands but he gave the crowd a thumbs up on his way off the field.
Saints QB Drew Brees fell 16 yards short of breaking Dan Marino’s single season passing record of 5,084 yards. With only one second left in the game against Carolina and one play left to break the record, Brees threw an incomplete pass down the middle and ended the season with 5,069 yards and the honor of being only the 2nd QB in NFL history to pass for at least 5,000 yards in a season.
After being booed out of New York and replaced with an aging Brett Favre, the Dolphins QB marched back into the Meadowlands and got his revenge when he defeated the Jets and won the AFC for Miami. After being shunned by Jets fans for being a “terrible” QB, all Pennington did was set a career high for passing yds (3,653 yards) and help complete the best turnaround in the NFL by leading Miami to a 11-5 season just one year after they finished 1-15.
Steven Jackson (RB), St. Louis Rams: With the Rams’ season already lost, Jackson played for pride and gained 215 total yds and scored 2 TD.
Andre Johnson (WR), Houston Texans: Johnson had 10 catches for 148 yds and 2 TD. Johnson scored 4 TD in the final 4 weeks of the season.
Drew Brees (QB), New Orleans Saints: Here is some more love for Brees. Against Carolina, he threw for 386 yds and 4 TD.
Thomas Jones (RB), New York Jets: Jones was stopped all day by Miami and ran for only 23 yds. With Brett Favre playing horrible down the stretch, Jones had no passing game to set up his rushing and failed to reach 100 yds in each of the last four games.
Tony Romo (QB), Dallas Cowboys: Romo and the Cowboys were embarrassed in their blowout loss to the Eagles and Romo didn’t help with 183 pass yds, 1 INT, and 2 lost fumbles.
Randy Moss (WR), New England Patriots: With the winds hitting up to 70 mph in Buffalo, hardly anybody threw the ball and Moss only accumulated 13 yds.
Michael Bush (RB), Oakland Raiders: With injuries to both Darren McFadden and Justin Fargas, Bush stepped in and ran for 177 yds and 2 TD.
Darren Sproles (RB), San Diego Chargers: Sproles and everybody on the ground against the Broncos came up big with Sproles rushing for 115 yds and a TD with a receiving TD for good measure.
Tatum Bell (RB), Denver Broncos: In the merry-go-round that is the Denver backfield, Bell got the call this week. He responded with 86 rush yds and 2 TD.