Madden 12 Cover Vote: Peyton Hillis Tops Aaron Rodgers, Michael Vick Is Next

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2011

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball against the New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick be warned: The "Dawg Pound" and the baddest Brown is coming for you.  Peyton Hillis is about to complete a magical run on his way to becoming the cover athlete for Madden 12.

Much like he did to hapless defenders this past season, Peyton Hillis has steamrolled Ray Rice, Matt Ryan, Jamaal Charles and Aaron Rodgers in the Madden 12 Cover Tournament.

With the momentum he's built over the last few weeks, he should win this final matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles' Pro Bowler.

Browns and Hillis fans alike have been turning out in droves to vote for the NFL's Chuck Norris.  But he faces his stiffest test yet in Vick.

The Philadelphia quarterback experienced a fairly easy run through the tournament as well, and led the NFL in Pro Bowl votes from fans this past season.

So far, no one has tried to drudge up the old controversy surrounding Vick in an attempt to take him down, but I don't think it would be hard to convince some animal rights groups to vote for Hillis.

Other people who may vote for the Cleveland star are anti-establishment types.  When this thing started, almost no one expected Hillis to have a real shot at landing the cover.



Now, plenty of people are pulling for this ultimate upset.

Plus, a few years ago, no one would have expected a white running back to grace the cover either.  More anti-establishment votes there.

Hillis deserves this for a few reasons.

For a practical argument, we can look at his stats from 2010.  He was tied for third in the NFL with 13 total touchdowns, and sixth in yards from scrimmage with 1654.

Those numbers are all the more impressive when you consider the fact that Hillis played hurt for much of the season, and was the Browns lone offensive weapon (causing opposing defenses to focus all their attention on him).




Here are some other credentials:


When Peyton Hillis is doing a push-up he doesn't go up the earth goes down.

Peyton Hillis can perform inception...he can stiff arm a new idea into your brain.

For his career, Peyton Hillis has 172 broken Bears tackles. Not the Chicago Bears, Peyton Hillis has run over 172 actual bears.

Peyton Hillis doesn't have to do anything for a Klondike bar.

As a baby, Peyton Hillis's parents gave him a toy hammer, he then gave the world Stonehenge.

Peyton Hillis' tears could cure cancer. However, Peyton Hillis does not cry.

Correct sentence structure, Yoda used. Before Peyton Hillis stiff arm, he met.

Peyton Hillis and Superman once fought each other on a bet. The loser had to start wearing his underwear on the outside of his pants.

Peyton Hillis smells what The Rock is cooking because The Rock is his personal chef.


If you have any more reasons you think Peyton deserves the Madden cover over Michael Vick, leave them in the comments section.




Prior to the tournament Hillis and Vick discussed why they should be on the cover.