Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 12/30/11

2011 has been a disastrous season for Peyton Hillis. The Browns running back was slowed by a hamstring injury that caused him to miss five games. He sat out a game at his agent’s urging because he was ill. It was that type of poor attitude that led to an intervention with his teammates.

After having such an awful season, Hillis admitted Thursday that the infamous Madden Curse is real.

“No doubt about it,” Hillis said. “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 has finally come back and has put together back-to-back weeks of solid production. Now that his free agent value is destroyed, he’s trying to rebuild his image as the fan favorite that helped him land the cover of the Madden Football video game. I say it’s too little too late.

Hillis is clearly influenced by his agent too easily and allowed his personal issues to turn him into a bad teammate. He never was really that great of a player to begin with. Hillis overplayed his hand and is now paying for it. The good news is that he’s finally been humbled again, allowing him to play his best.

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