I don't think Apete is "eligible" for comeback player of the year. The man rushed for 970 yards last year and played 12 games. He just missed the last few games with his injury. Peyton missed the entire year with a career threatening neck surgery and is now one of the top 2 or 3 QBs in the NFL. Peyton is the no brainer comeback player imo.
I would sooner give Apete MVP if the Vikings make the playoffs.