As Madden 12 is being released in a few days, it's fitting to start with the cover boy.
Hillis came to Cleveland from the Denver Broncos in a low-key trade last year and immediately shone using his tough style of running to rush for 1177 yards and 11TDs.
However as much as I like Hillis, I don't see him being anything but a one-and-done.
For a start, Browns' QB Colt McCoy looks like a very capable starter if his preseason is anything to go by and with a decent starter behind center, the Browns will be passing the ball much more in 2011.
The Browns also have 2010 second round draft pick Montario Hardesty back after a season-ending torn ACL and he figures to be getting a sizeable chunk of Hillis' carries. Remember, Hardesty was the back the Browns wanted to begin with, Hillis was the insurance policy as it were.
Finally, Hillis doesn't have great speed or a fantastic ability to break or evade tackles; he uses himself almost as a human wrecking ball.
Whilst it's nice to see a unique type of play, this certain type of play isn't one for running backs who hope for long careers. It's a playing style that asks for injuries and Hillis won't be able to stay healthy for the whole season. In fact, he's already been struggling with a few nags this preseason.
Oh and there is the "Madden curse" if you believe in those sorts of things.