Found December 31, 2011 on
Pro Football Talk:
Friday’s one-liners included a reference to the fact that Browns running back Peyton Hillis believes in curses, given his struggles (self-imposed and otherwise) after landing on the cover of the Madden game. The bigger question is whether Hillis will remain with the team in 2012, when his image surely won’t appear anywhere near the front…
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After a nightmare of a season that featured injuries, illnesses and a team intervention, the Browns running back alluded to the fact that he believes in the "Madden Curse" after being this year's cover star.
Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis has had one of the most bizarre seasons in recent memory. From sitting out a game due to strep throat to messy contract negotiations to a nagging hamstring injury that kept him out for five straight games, this has been a season to forget for Hillis.
But could it all really stem from the dreaded Madden curse?
At the beginning of the season...
The final game of the Browns season looked like the final game of Hillis' career here, sports columnist Bud Shaw writes.
With an offseason rife with question marks and holes in dire need of filling, and a coverboy running back about to finish up a tumultuous season, one of the many decisions being placed squarely on the shoulders of the Cleveland Browns front office surrounds the future of one Peyton Hillis.
In the last two weeks, the 250-pound back has amassed 211 yards and a touchdown on 50 carries...
"Regardless whether he really believes in the curse, the guy is a stud when healthy. You cannot replace a player like that. If the Browns can't re-sign him, then you have to question management's process of evaluation and player value. Hillis really wants to be here? Then make it happen!" - ohio2
Peyton Hillis was everyone’s favorite player last year. This year, the Cleveland Browns running back has struggled. Why is Hillis struggling? He claims he’s the victim of the Madden Curse.
Said Hillis: “Things didn’t work in my favor this year. There’s a few things that happened this year that made me believe in curses. Ain’t no doubt about it.”
Prior to the season...
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