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Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:12 pm
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Hillis called CIA report '100 percent false,' adding that it 'makes me sound insane.' (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Once the Browns signed linebacker D'Qwell Jackson to a long-term deal, there was speculation that they might use the franchise tag on running back Peyton Hillis. Didn't happen. Instead, the organization chose to tag 37-year-old kicker Phil Dawson, which should tell you just where Hillis figures in the Browns' future.

Also not helping: a recent story that Hillis was contemplating retirement and entertaining thoughts of joining the C.I.A. 

On Friday, Hillis set the record straight on his professional future. Speaking with the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot, the running back called the reports that had given thought to joining the C.I.A. "100 percent false," adding that "it makes me sound insane."

Yeah, it does. But no one thought much of it given all that happened during the 2011 season, starting with the Madden curse (it's real!), the reports that his impending contract situation affected his decision to play, and the Boys and Girls Club Halloween PR disaster.

Given all that, it's not inconceivable that Hillis might decide to give up on football altogether.

"That's ridiculous," he told the Plain-Dealer regarding retirement. "I never one time mentioned anything to any coach about retirement or joining the CIA or anything like that. That's pretty much ridiculous and 100 percent false. I don't know what's going on or who came up with a story like that, but they should've come up with a better one to make it sound more legit.''

And a life as an intelligence officer?

"It makes me sound insane," he said. "Why would you give up football to go to the CIA? It's ridiculous and it hurts what people think about you. And I think it's very unfair.''

(To be fair, Tiger Woods gave some consideration to becoming a Navy SEAL, which is infinitely more preposterous than Hillis joining the C.I.A.)

As for Hillis' NFL future, he says he wants to stay in Cleveland.

"I've always loved this city and I still do love it and I still want to play for the Cleveland Browns. I'm not sure who wants me there and who doesn't want me there. It's out of my hands at this point. They've said they might want to re-sign me.''

Hillis even indicated that he'd be willing to take a hometown discount.

"Yeah, of course, just because I want to be a Brown. It just depends on what they want to do. When free agency gets here, I'd love to hear them out.''

A year ago, Hillis was one of the league's best running backs. Now he's happily discussing hometown discounts. There's a reason the man believes in the Madden curse.

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Comments

Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:40 pm
 

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

I can't believe some of the people actually believe the swill that the writer's put on this site. Who was the interviewer? Where is the proof for this
idiotic statement? If it is such a true story, then you should identify your self and take credit for it. No, that won't happen because it is all BS. I guess
you just don't have the intestinal fortitude to come forward with your name and the proof.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:58 pm
 

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

tarheelsunc50  your comments are enough to prove how ignorant you are.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:00 pm
 

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

JohnMusso:  Cleveland...enough said. Once of those places you're From. Just saying.

"Just saying" what exactly?  Can someone translate this ^^^ to English?  



Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 3:10 pm
 

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

Cleveland...enough said. Once of those places you're From. Just saying.



Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 1:08 pm
 

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

I would love see Hillis as a Kansas City Chief where he and Jamaal Charles can compliment each other in our run game.



Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 1:29 am
 

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

Missed by this much haha



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 4:37 pm
 

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

True or not, it's crazy to me that Cleveland coaches would leak something like this to ESPN. What kind of team trash talks their star running back to the media? Sure, it might lower his contract value, but Hillis is never going to trust his coaching staff again. If I were him, I would sign a 1-year contract with another team, and hope to rebuild my value somewhere that's at least 1000 miles away from Ohio. 

Add this situation to the Colt McCoy concussion screw up and to the fact the team gets no media attention, and I have no idea why any free agent would want to play for the Cleveland Browns. All you'll get is a team that won't support you -- on the field or off. 



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 2:15 pm
 

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

I hope Hillis returns to Cleveland and reopens up the can of whoopass.

GO BROWNS!



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2012 11:23 am
 

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

Really Clevelanders are the most loyal sports fans in all of sports!!!!!!! We have always stuck by our teams!!!!!! We have the number one backer fans in the NFL!!!! Anywhere in the world you go you can find a Browns backer club!!!!! When the so called King left we stuck by our Cavs!!!!! And we have always stuck by our beloved Tribe!!!!! Yeah some of or owners isn't worth crap but we have always stuck by our teams unlike some of your other so called pro sports cities!!!!!!



Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 11:18 am
 

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

"The cover of a game does not help sell the game"

Almost as idiotic of a statement as Hillis leaving to join the CIA. It's all about money, you don't think EA loves the fact that they get free advertising with all the "curse" talk.


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