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Peyton Hillis apologizes for Halloween event no-show

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Placement on the cover of the popular (but, frankly, increasingly boring and stale) Madden video game franchise supposedly carries with it a curse.  I never believed that.

Until this year.

For Browns running back Peyton Hillis, the public vote that gave him the honor over Eagles quarterback Mike Vick apparently has contributed to Hillis having an attitude that he’s worth more money than he really is.  And his inability to parlay one good-but-not-great season — he rushed for 1,177 yards after Montario Hardesty was lost for the season — into a major payday has caused Hillis apparently to go a little goofy.

Whispers have emerged of Hillis wanting to be paid like Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams.  There’s also talk that Hillis has rejected an offer from the Browns that would have paid him $5 million per year.  Hillis has had to deal with the clumsy handling of a case of strep throat that caused him to miss a game, creating the perception that he would have played if he’d gotten a new contract.  (It’s didn’t help Hillis that center Alex Mack later played with appendicitis.)  Now battling a hamstring injury, Hillis faces suspicion that he’s not really injured.

Complicating matters is the fact that Hillis failed to show up for a Monday event hosted by the Boys and Girls Club, and arranged by former Browns center LeCharles Bentley.  Dubbed “Halloween with Hillis,” it was indeed Halloween but there was no Hillis to be seen.

Two days after missing the event, Hillis publicly apologized.  “I just want to say I’m sorry about the charity event with the Boys and Girls Club,” Hillis said, via NFL.com.  “There was a lot of miscommunication between me and the management that I had, and if I knew the full depths of it, I wouldn’t have missed it.”

In the grand scheme of things, anyone who blinks will have missed the best part of Peyton’s career.  The Browns apparently are willing to let him hit the open market in 2012, presumably so that he can see that no one else will pay him anything close to what he wants.  Given his recent misadventures and the national hit to his reputation, Hillis could find himself in the Tiki Barber/Clinton Portis category of veteran tailbacks, given that there are so many young, undrafted guys who can get the job done.

Running backs have become more and more fungible in the modern NFL.  Curtis Brinkley and Jackie Battle reconfirmed that notion on Monday night for the Chargers and Chiefs, respectively, moving the chains absent the pedigree or, for now, the expectations of getting paid big money.  Only a small handful of running backs will ever get it.  Hillis, who has only 211 rushing yards this year, simply isn’t one of them.

And that’s fitting.  When Hillis finally gets his shot at getting paid, the teams will treat his coming-out party like Halloween without Hillis.

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41 Responses to “Peyton Hillis apologizes for Halloween event no-show”
  1. bluejays20091 says: Nov 3, 2011 8:07 AM

    thanks for not playing last weekend because i was facing you :D i was so happy when you didn’t play

  2. humbleminded85 says: Nov 3, 2011 8:10 AM

    Halloween event no-show? How about 2011 season no-show.

  3. mrbigass says: Nov 3, 2011 8:12 AM

    His agent told him the candy would make him sick and unable to play……

  4. fanodawg says: Nov 3, 2011 8:14 AM

    This guy is spiraling downward pretty quickly into the realm of obscurity.

  5. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 3, 2011 8:16 AM

    Would anyone want to hang out with this guy anyway?

  6. zoxitic says: Nov 3, 2011 8:17 AM

    What a difference a year makes.

  7. pixelito says: Nov 3, 2011 8:18 AM

    The Great White Dope.

  8. dawsonleery says: Nov 3, 2011 8:20 AM

    Madden curse strikes again. RB’s truly are a dime a dozen, very rarely ever worth paying big bucks. Just look at the Titans, I bet they are kicking themselves.

  9. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 3, 2011 8:22 AM

    2012 Halloween with Hillis: come party with a former NFL….player.

  10. dallasisgoingdowngary says: Nov 3, 2011 8:23 AM

    Fungible?

  11. sundayisthebestday says: Nov 3, 2011 8:30 AM

    Skipping out on a charity event with kids? …what a class act.

  12. tiffpats4eva says: Nov 3, 2011 8:32 AM

    I can remember when Chris Johnson sat out of training camp forcing a new contract and Hillis and his followers criticizing Chris Johnson on PFT.

    It turns out that Hillis is a bigger jerk and a bigger non “MF” factor than Chris Johnson.

  13. rollerino1 says: Nov 3, 2011 8:39 AM

    This dude is a rock head. Not showing up to an event featuring yourself, and disappointing children is pretty low. And his lame excuse is even worse.

  14. vbsuitedace says: Nov 3, 2011 8:45 AM

    This dude needs to fire his agent and “management” and live his own life. He’s getting HORRIBLE advice at every turn. Waste of my 4th round pick. Thank you to a real man’s man Fred Jackson for saving my season.

  15. thetooloftools says: Nov 3, 2011 8:45 AM

    Hillis is really screwing this whole thing up. This is how players get bitter, not better. Seeing how often he’s been sick or injured this year, who would give him big bank?

  16. clownsfan says: Nov 3, 2011 8:48 AM

    WOW. This guy went from hero to zero faster than Favre! What a dousche. How could anyone pimp little kids like that?

  17. Land Snark says: Nov 3, 2011 8:48 AM

    “Curtis Brinkley and Jackie Battle reconfirmed that notion on Monday night for the Chargers and Chiefs,”

    So much wrong with this statement it’s not funny.

    Sure both of them scored a touchdown. But if they were so great then why was the game decided by the kickers?

    To borrow your line, sorry, running backs aren’t a dime a dozen like you think.

    Imagine where the respective teams would be without backs like McFadden, Forte and McCoy. They’d be sunk.

    Which is at least one reason why the Browns stink this year.

  18. fairbrayed says: Nov 3, 2011 8:51 AM

    Douche.

  19. fin72 says: Nov 3, 2011 8:51 AM

    With every week I lose more and more respect for this guy… He always plays the Christian card, but the truth is he’s nothing but a spoiled punk.

  20. CKL says: Nov 3, 2011 8:56 AM

    I don’t know what to think of him at this point. He seemed to be such a good dude and such a perfect blue collar hero for his town and this year something just seems…hinky about the way he is handling everything.

  21. bucsraysboltsfan says: Nov 3, 2011 8:57 AM

    A “curse” is something that is done to you. This moron has done the damage all by himself. Enjoy playing for league minimum next year.

  22. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Nov 3, 2011 9:02 AM

    The Madden curse is still no excuse for bailing on kids. And if he didn’t realize the depths of it(his words) skipping an event for kids with an event with his own name on it. That’s stupidity and ego. Boo.

  23. Ricardo Grande says: Nov 3, 2011 9:16 AM

    Cleveland could have had someone really special to look up to. God knows, they tried.

    Too bad that you didn’t, Peyton…

  24. hank10 says: Nov 3, 2011 9:18 AM

    Just another ten-cent head athlete.

  25. jetfanfolife says: Nov 3, 2011 9:38 AM

    Peyton Hillis sits when he pees.

  26. richm2256 says: Nov 3, 2011 9:42 AM

    The “Madden Curse” is nothing but an over-sized ego. His ego is causing him to lose the fan base that makes him relevent in the first place.

    Peyton Hillis flat-out stiffed a group of kids.

    You can’t “spin” that, and no adult likes a guy who stiffs kids.

  27. santolonius says: Nov 3, 2011 9:48 AM

    lesson: never believe your own hype.

  28. vikingssoxfrustration says: Nov 3, 2011 9:49 AM

    In three years, he’ll be on QVC pitching his work out DVD’s…

  29. ffjesus says: Nov 3, 2011 9:53 AM

    “What choo talkin’ bout Hillis ?”

  30. tdk24 says: Nov 3, 2011 9:54 AM

    He should get an apology from the fans for voting him on the cover of Madden and cursing his season.

  31. jrmbadger says: Nov 3, 2011 10:27 AM

    What’s funny is that a big reason he won is that fans of Rodgers and Vick were actually voting AGAINST their guy so that they WOULDN’T be on the cover because of the curse.

  32. broncotis3000 says: Nov 3, 2011 10:37 AM

    One year wonder….and to think some Broncos “fans” are still upset that they traded this blockhead.

  33. girlcottboycott says: Nov 3, 2011 10:58 AM

    Tiki is flabbergasted

  34. flapjackdaddy says: Nov 3, 2011 11:09 AM

    If he was putting up numbers the missed charity event would not have been as big a deal. Just pointing that out–not condoning standing up the Boy’s and Girl’s Club.

  35. burm61 says: Nov 3, 2011 11:10 AM

    How is there miscommunication with an event called “HALLOWEEN with Hillis”?

  36. wallacejay says: Nov 3, 2011 11:12 AM

    This has nothing to do with Madden, and everything to do with a horrible agent trying to gain leverage where there is none. If Hillis values his career (or what’s left of it at this point), he needs to fire this turd of an agent. Then he needs to go crawling into Leigh Steinberg’s office and beg for his representation.

  37. drewj7 says: Nov 3, 2011 11:16 AM

    When you look at Hillis…. He just looks dumb. Doesn’t he?

    What an idiot.

  38. trickbunny says: Nov 3, 2011 11:48 AM

    drewj7 says:
    Nov 3, 2011 11:16 AM

    When you look at Hillis…. He just looks dumb. Doesn’t he?
    —————————————————-

    Yeah. Like 96% of the rest of NFL players. And probably you , as well.

  39. mossstyle84 says: Nov 3, 2011 11:49 AM

    Still don’t understand why he was voted for the Madden cover anyways. There have to be at least 20 other players with more notoriety, talent, and who don’t fake injuries/illnesses/management communication issues.

  40. runrickyrun34 says: Nov 3, 2011 12:30 PM

    Does the Madden Curse include faking injuries?

  41. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Nov 3, 2011 2:25 PM

    He’s no Alstott.

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