Cleveland Browns: Peyton Hillis Advances to Elite Eight in Madden '12 Cover Vote

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IApril 4, 2011

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 10:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns scores a touchdown in front of outside tackle Kroy Biermann #71 of the Atlanta Falcons at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Peyton Hillis has accomplished some amazing things in his short time with the Cleveland Browns. Now, the "Albino Rhino" is making national headlines as he has advanced to the third round of the Madden 2012 video game cover vote.

Hillis defeated the Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan in the second round to advance and take on Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs. Charles is ranked as a six seed in the tournament of 32 players while Peyton Hillis came in as a 10 seed.

Charles rushed for 1,467 yards during the 2010 regular season and found the end zone on five occasions. He also had 45 catches for over 400 yards and three scores.

On the other hand, Hillis rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 scores while acting as the Browns' second leading receiver behind Benjamin Watson.

Hillis has now scored 17 touchdowns in three seasons in the NFL, but saw limited snaps with the Denver Broncos before being traded to the Browns for Brady Quinn.

Quinn has since not seen a snap during the regular season and is listed as a third-stringer behind Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow with the Broncos.

Hillis's success in the Madden tournament has come as a surprise to many members of the national media, but should not be unexpected from followers of the Browns.

Cleveland has one of the largest fan bases in the nation, and the support Peyton Hillis has seen is a testament to how much they love their football team.

Fans can vote for Peyton Hillis and the rest of the remaining NFL superstars here.

Brian Murtaugh is a Cleveland Browns featured columnist on Bleacher Report and also the featured columnist for Browns Central. Brian is also the fan voice of the Cleveland Browns on NFL Touchdown.