Between The Tackles With Peyton Hillis

Ryan AyarsCorrespondent IMay 19, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 30:  Peyton Hillis #22 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball against the New York Jets on November 30, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The following is a mock interview with Denver Broncos' starting fullback Peyton Hillis.  The answers given to these questions are fictitious and purely used for the enjoyment of the author.

Recently, I was giving the chance to sit down and chat with one of my favorite professional football players, Peyton Hillis. Here is what he had to say.

Ryan Ayars: Hello Peyton. Thank you for giving me some time to learn more about you.

Peyton Hillis: It's my pleasure Ryan. Anything for a die hard Bronco fan like yourself.

RA: You're a lot bigger then I thought you were. I would hate to have to try tackle you on the field.

PH: Me too! That's why I do all the running and hitting. (chuckle chuckle)

RA: What was it like blocking for such a potent running game with the Arkansas Razorbacks?

PH: Well Ryan, I was born and raised in Arkansas. Just being given the opportunity to play for the Razorbacks was a dream come true. Guys like Darren McFadden and Felix Jones make your job as a blocker a lot easier. I can contribute a lot of my success to the Arkansas system and the players I had around me.

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RA: What are some of the differences in the level of competition in the NFL versus college football?

PH: Well the hits definitely. In college, you get hit hard two out of every five times. In the NFL, you get hit HARD every time you touch the ball. The players are a lot more competitive as well. I mean you're playing against the best of the best every Sunday.

RA: How did losing your head coach and starting quarterback effect you?

PH: Well, anytime you lose important team guys like that, it's going to be a little weird.  Coach Mike was the guy who drafted me and saw enough in my play to start me, during my rookie year. Jay was just a good guy to play with. He had a real competitive streak.

RA: Did you expect to be the starting running back last year?

PH: No. I mean I played tailback in college, but I didn't expect to start in the NFL as a tailback. It was fun though.

RA: Did you expect to have as much success as you did in 2008?

PH: No not really, but anytime you get to carry the ball behind an offensive line like we have, your going to be successful. I owe everything to those big guys.

RA: What if you didn't get injured last year? Does Denver go to the playoffs?

PH: I'm not much of a "what if" guy. Let's just hope we get there this year.

RA: What are your Strengths?

PH: I guess I'm pretty versatile. I can play a lot of positions. I'm competitive.

RA: What are you weaknesses?

PH: You tell me. 

RA: (chuckle chuckle)  I think we can move on.

PH: Good idea.  (chuckle chuckle)

RA: Do you think you'll be in the mix for the starting running back position?

PH: Anything is possible. Moreno is a pretty good back though. I'll probably see most of my time at fullback, maybe some tight end.

RA: What do you think of your new Head Coach Josh McDaniels?

PH: Great guy. He really knows what he's doing and believes in his system. I've never been around a coach as young as him. He can really relate to the players.

RA: What do you think of the new Broncos offense?

PH: We're going to be good. Better than last year. Kyle is really picking up the game plan well. In the time that I've spent with him so far, I can see he's a real leader. This year will be fun for sure.

RA: Do you see yourself as being a huge part of this year's offensive plan?

PH: Yes I do. I think everyone one will get the chance to play a huge part this year. That's what's so cool about the new system. There's a lot of running and passing. I have pretty good hands coming out of the back field, so I can be in on a lot of screen plays. I'm just really excited to get the season started.

RA: Well thank you again for your time Peyton and I wish you and your team great success this year.

PH: No problem,  I appreciate it.