- on April 30, 2011
After multiple rounds of voting and with more than 12 million votes cast, Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis has beat out Michael Vick to appear on the cover of Madden 2012. Some speculate that the win was a ploy to keep controversial Michael Vick off the cover, but it was really the fans who made it happen. With an overwhelming response from both Cleveland fans and Arkansas fans, it goes to show that Hillis has a loyal fan base from both his college and professional careers. Over a million votes were cast in the final round alone with Hillis receiving 66% of them, gaining him the victory.
However, this accomplishment comes with some caution. There is a “Madden curse” that all Cleveland fans are hoping ends with Hillis. In the past, those players who bear the cover of the Madden games fall victim to a season-ending, and sometimes career-ending, injury. Let’s hope that the Cleveland Browns can end this curse and end any other curses that may plague our city’s sports teams.
Congratulations to Peyton Hillis and here’s to a healthy 2011 NFL season for our Cleveland Browns.
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