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Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:05 pm
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By Will Brinson

You think Peyton Hillis wants to forget all about 2011? Probably so; Hillis went from a surprise running back in 2010 to a potential franchise player before 2011 to an in-season distraction to an absolute afterthought for the Browns at times.

And, as is completely understandable, he's willing to blame these problems on appearing on the cover of Madden 12.

"No doubt about it," Hillis said Thursday when asked if the Madden Curse was real, per the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "Things haven't worked to my favor this year. There's a few things that happened that made me believe in curses. Ain't no doubt about it."

Hillis entered 2011 looking to nail down a new contract with Cleveland, a team and city that his blue-collar attitude seemed to encapsulate. Instead, he struggled from the start with low production and injuries and the Browns never made any overtures.

It appears now, as our Browns Rapid Reporter Marty Gitlin notes, that Hillis is headed to free agency, as the running back hasn't heard anything about possible contract negotiations.


"If there has been, I don't know know of any," Hillis said.

Per Gitlin, Hillis is interested in returning to the Browns in 2012, but depending on how he plays down the stretch that may be a difficult proposition. The Browns obviously won't franchise tag him and if Hillis finishes strong down the stretch, he may want more money than the Browns are willing to pay.

And Hillis knows how important Week 17's game against Pittsburgh is for potential suitors in free agency.

"I want people to see that I'm not a one-hit wonder and that I can always play well," Hillis said when asked about Sunday's game against the Steelers.

If Hillis wants to do that, he should probably also avoid landing on any Madden covers in the future. Although that probably won't be a problem any time soon.

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Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 10:48 am
 

Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

Ask Drew Brees about the Madden curse and see what he says

He probably believes it because his team got upset against the 7-9 Seahawks.



Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 10:24 am
 

Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

its true



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:52 am
 

Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

While it is true that there seems to be a trend that those who appear on Madden covers have subsequent disappointment, "The Curse" is not the answer.  Hillis may believe in the curse, which may be the cause as a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Or the teasing that ensued may have increased his hat size to the point that became arrogant enough to believe that he was indestructible, or...  Peyton, man-up and take responsibility for your lousy season.




Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:15 am
 

Hillis to Pats

The Pats will sign him at a discount where he will split reps with BJGE, Woodhead, Ridley, Faulk, Vereen, Richard Medlin the FB, and some guy named skippy that was the water boy during summer camp. 



Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 12:46 am
 

Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

add Staforf and suh and any Lions for that matter.



Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

I have a great suggestion.  Put Tom Brady on the next cover!!!  I need him to have a bad year, so the Patsy's will have a tough season.  Laughing



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

Dear Madden Football, stay the hell away from Calvin Johnson. That is all.

They should just stick with John Madden himself on the cover, mowing down a huge turkey leg.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

Madden Curse ?? Come on Hillis, more like the curse of the spoiled, self absorbed running back, who paid the price for calling in "sick" and not giving 100, no 50 no 1% for his team. Once your main focus is your contract, and not your craft you tend to be more injury prone. Providing your injuries were legit.



Since: Jul 3, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

Ask Drew Brees about the Madden curse and see what he says



Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

Holmgren is an idiot and has been very disappointing thus far but he is trying to rebuild this team through the draft and so far Tom Heckert has done a pretty solid job.  If Holmgren doesn't make some moves this offseason then I will lose faith in the Browns.  With two 1st round picks and alot of cap space for free agency Cleveland has a chance to bring in some impact players that can immediately help this team.  Hillis can be a vital piece and I would like them to resign him but drafting Trent Richardson seems like a nice possibility as well.


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