Some Random Guy on the cover of Madden 12 peyton hillis madden cover 240x300So the rigged votes are in, and a Cleveland Browns player is the new face of the Madden NFL videogame franchise. Peyton Manning? No, it’s Peyton Hillis. The 4th-best runningback of the 2010 NFL season. On a team that went with 5 wins and 11 losses last season, losing as many games at home as they had total wins all year long.

I’m not going to give any statistical information, about how Hillis went from 54 yards in 2009 (Denver Broncos) to 1177 yards in 2010, or how Jerome Harrison of the 2009 Cleveland Browns had the same 4.4 yard per rush average that Peyton had in 2010 of the same team. Or the fact that the Steelers in the same AFC-North division as the Browns made it to the Superbowl, and the Browns made it to 6th overall draft pick (which is happening today, by the way!).

I also will not mention how Peyton beat out both Aaron Rodgers, Superbowl 2010 MVP and Michael Vick, NFL’s MVP / Offensive Player of the Year / Pro Bowl starting quarterback.

Either way — congrats, Peyton Hillis. Now go break a leg. The Madden Curse dictates it to be so.