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Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:12 pm
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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Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:15 am

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

Hillis takes back the biggest retard on the planet statements and elects to stay with losing franchise you say?  Join the CIA like they just advertise in a local paper for such things.  Why not come out and say you want to join the X-men too Hillis?

Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 4:07 am

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

For some odd reason I agree with him when he says rumors of joining the C.I.A.make him "sound insane".I also agree that he'll be hearing them (The Browns) out;out the door.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:59 am

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

hey tarheelsunc50, your state sucks!

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:47 am

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

Why would ANYONE want to stay in Cleveland? For one, it's a horrible sports city that can't seem to do anything right. Also, look at how they reacted after their biggest star in history left during his free agency period. The fans in Cleveland are absolutely delusional.

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:10 am

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

ummm Did anyone see my secret spy shoe phone, or how about my laser watch.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:58 pm

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

GoSteelers, good point.  Football is brutal on RBs.  They get hit every down, either blocking or running.  Its rough on all positions except kicker or Punter.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:37 pm

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

I think the time has come got EA Sports to stop using players on the cover of their franchise Madden games. Curse or no curse, one a player is on the cover, that player, in the back of his mind, worries about that curse. I do not care what they say, football is a physical game as well as a mental game. Why mess with the mentality of a player when there is legitimacy to this curse? Here is an idea EA, how about using guys like Reggie White, Derrick Thomas, and other HOF players who have passed away as a tribute and then the talk of a curse will be a thing of the past. The cover of a game does not help sell the game, the gameplay and realism sells the game!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:39 pm

Hillis refutes CIA story, wants to stay in CLE

More the curse of the running back than the Madden curse. More than half of the top 15 running backs from the 2010 season ended up injured or ineffective in 2011. It's the nature of the position, star today, gone tomorrow.

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