I know what you’re thinking, Peyton Hillis for President, or at least, Peyton Hillis for Madden Cover Athlete. I’m here to tell you: Choke your motor Browns Fan.
Believe me, I’m with you. I’d love for Hillis to adorn the cover of the much loved video game title, but am I willing to watch the team—or his career—go in the tank? No, I’m not willing to do that. If Hillis loses the Madden 2012 Tournament for cover athlete, I’m not going to be upset, but elated.
Our inability to promote him to tournament champion does not say that we are lazy voters or apathetic—it says we have gotten wise and are willing to let this one slip away.
Here me out: 12 of the last 12 (two athletes in 2010) cover athletes went on to get either injured or collapsed.
What I am saying is that the team needs Hillis to be competitive this coming season. Peyton is a huge part of our offense statistically, but he also gives the team a “punch you in the mouth and then tear your face off” identity.
We all want the Browns to win, but this is a loss we should happily accept. Be careful what you wish/vote for.