New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been given the 2009 NFL Comeback of the Year Award. 

The three-time Super Bowl winner injured his knee in the first game of the 2008 season and sat the whole year out injured.

However, the 32-year-old recovered and came back this year to lead his team to the AFC East Title and a playoff spot.

The former NFL MVP balloted 19 of the 50 votes available, with running back Cadillac Williams of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming in second with 14 votes.

The Patriots take on the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the playoffs this Sunday.

Brady threw for 28 touchdowns and 4,398 during the regular season, but his team will face a stiff test from the Ravens this Sunday in what should be a bruising encounter.