The night before Super Bowl XLIX, the NFL will salute its best players and plays from the 2014 season with NFL Honors, a star-studded football and entertainment program. The two-hour primetime awards special will air nationally at 9 p.m. ET Jan. 31.
Among the many categories of awards, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones certainly belongs in the 2014 AP Comeback Player of the Year discussion.
Following a foot injury that claimed most of his season, causing him to miss 11 games in 2013, Jones was driven in the offseason to return better than ever. He embraced the rehab regimen designed by the team's athletic performance staff, creating every opportunity to be ready by the 2014 regular season.
Falcons prized wide receiver Julio Jones had seven games with more than 100 yards, making his fourth year a career-defining one. Check out his best photos from 2014.
After training camp and the preseason, the real test came for Jones against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. He left no doubt that his Pro Bowl-worthy skills were as good as ever, finishing with seven receptions for 116 yards, recording three of Atlanta's eight explosive plays in the 37-34 overtime win.
Two weeks later, Jones scored two touchdowns (8, 40 yards) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Click here to see highlights of Jones' best performance in 2014, facing the Green Bay Packers in Week 14.
He ended his second Pro Bowl season leading the team with 104 receptions and 1,593 receiving yards and was second to Roddy White (7) with six touchdown receptions.
Among other Falcons players in the running to receive awards:
Falcons K Matt Bryant - Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
Falcons WR Devin Hester - Play of the Year Award
Falcons C Joe Hawley - Salute to Service Award