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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, it was certainly something to scoff at. There was no way it would happen to the “Madden NFL 12″ cover boy – the big, bruising back would surely build on his 2010 campaign, in which he rushed for 1,177 yards with 11 touchdowns, adding 477 receiving yards and two extra touchdowns.
But after the season he had, did Hillis starting buying into the curse? Apparently so.
“No doubt about it,” Hillis finally admitted Thursday. “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.”
With the way his season has gone, it’s hard not t...
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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.
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"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...
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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