Cleveland Browns: Has Peyton Hillis Been Snubbed from the NFL Top 100?

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IJune 20, 2011

NEW YORK - APRIL 28:  Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns participates in a photo shoot for the cover of EA Sports Madden NFL 12 on April 28, 2011 in Time Square, New York City  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for EA Sports)
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The NFL Top 100 has been a hot topic of discussion for football fans all around the country over the past seven weeks.

Peyton Hillis has been a hot topic for Cleveland Browns fans since he was acquired one year ago. Hillis was one of very few stars for the Browns last season and had an impact that was felt throughout the entire organization. The Browns unveiled a completely new offensive element because of Hillis' success, and now seem to have an entirely new offensive mentality heading into the 2011 season.

The NFL Top 100 completed its eighth episode on Sunday night and has listed players 100-21 in dramatic video fashion. Two Cleveland Browns players have made the list of the top 100 players, however, Hillis has not been mentioned or hinted to be on the list throughout the entire process.

Josh Cribbs and Joe Thomas both made appearances at numbers 84 and 43, respectively. While both players obviously deserve the honor, one would have to argue that there may have been better options, even on the Browns' current roster.

According to a report posted on (found here), Hillis did not make the top 100 players despite his 1,177 yard rushing total and his spotlighted performance during the 2010 season. Even more strange is the fact that the Madden 2012 cover athlete will not be highlighted among the top 100 players in the NFL.

The Browns franchise and fan base are certainly proud of Cribbs' and Thomas' accomplishments throughout the 2010 season, but should feel slighted at Hillis' absence from the list. However, fans may also get a slight bit of satisfaction from Hillis' unexpected disappearance, as this could be fuel for another stellar season in 2011-12.