Peyton Hillis’ Cinderella run has landed him on the cover of the Madden ’12 video game. The still fairly obscure running back from Cleveland has defeated Michael Vick in the championship round of EA Sports’ Madden cover bracket, and it wasn’t even close.
It’s likely that Hillis will gain more attention by being on the cover of the neo-popular game than by what he did on the field in 2010. In his first year with Cleveland after being traded for Brady Quinn, Hillis rushed for 1,177 yards and scored 13 touchdowns while emerging as the team’s top back.
Vick’s loss means we avoid the controversy of putting an ex-con — and more importantly, a former dog killer — on the cover of a game played by impressionable young children worldwide.
Meanwhile, Hillis’ victory means we’ll watch to see if the Madden Curse gets to him in his fourth season. It also has us wondering how many Eagles fans voted for Hillis, who was a 10th seed in the bracket and also took down Aaron Rodgers en route to the final.
“For people to believe in this so-called curse, I can’t wait to prove people wrong,” Hillis said earlier today. “From what I believe and where I am in my spiritual life, it would be good to prove them wrong in that sense.”