Peyton Hillis Speaker Profile
Peyton Hillis Biography
Peyton Hillis was born January 21, 1986 in Conway, Arkansasand is a running back for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the 2008 NFLDraft. He played college football at Arkansas.
Hillis was selected by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round (227th overall)of the 2008 NFL Draft. At the start of the 2008 season, Hillis was listed asthe Broncos' starting fullback. He played in his first NFL regular season gameon September 8, 2008, gaining 14 yards on three rushing attempts and four yardson one reception as part of a 41-14 Broncos road victory over the OaklandRaiders. Later in the season, he recorded his first career 100-yard receivinggame with seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown in a 26-17 Broncos homeloss to the Miami Dolphins on November 2, 2008.
Following an injury to Ryan Torain in the Broncos 34-30comeback road victory over the Cleveland Browns, Hillis was named Denver'sstarting running back. His first start at the position netted him 44 yards andtwo touchdowns on only 10 carries as part of a 24-20 road victory over theAtlanta Falcons. Two weeks later, he recorded his first 100-yard rushing gamewith 129 yards and a touchdown on 22 attempts in a 34-17 road victory over theNew York Jets. The performance earned Hillis multiple honors including beingnamed Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week as well as FedEx Ground Player of theWeek alongside Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler, who was named NFL Air Player ofthe Week. The string of victories and accolades built up anticipation amongBroncos faithful for Hillis to continue as running back for the rest of theseason. However, the season already plagued with running back injuriescontinued, with Hillis suffering a season-ending injury in a 24-17 home winover the Kansas City Chiefs. Coming down from an acrobatic catch of a Cutlerpass with his right foot planted, Hillis was hit from both sides by Chiefs'free safety Jarrad Page and cornerback Brandon Carr. The hit doubled Hillisover, causing a 2-3 inch tear in his right hamstring behind the knee, whichforced him to miss the rest of the season. Despite his limited playing time,Hillis ended the 2008 season as the Broncos' leading rusher with 343 yards and5 touchdowns and was expected to return as a significant offensive presence forthe 2009 season.
With the loss of Hillis, depth at the running back positionwas practically nil and the Broncos fell to 8-8 on the season and failed tomake the play-offs. Due to a lack of post-season berths in recent years,Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan was fired during the off-season and replaced byJosh McDaniels. McDaniels' first order of business was to recruit new talent tofit his playing scheme, which involved adding depth to the running backposition with first round draft pick Knowshon Moreno and free agent CorrellBuckhalter. In week three of the 2009 pre-season, Hillis rushed for atouchdown, but competition for the starting running back position was stiff. Acombination of factors including monies guaranteed to Moreno and Buckhalter andan early season fumble on the opening kick-off against the Cleveland Brownsleft Hillis back in the depth chart and led to limited playtime through the2009 season. Despite rising to the starting fullback position and becoming theleading rusher the previous year, Hillis had only 54 yards on 13 carries in the2009 season. As the Broncos offense collapsed late-season and Hillis still sawno significant playtime, fans began speculating about a disagreement betweenHillis and McDaniels as had been the case with other Shanahan carry-overs.Racial discrimination has also been mentioned as a potential cause as Hillis isone of a very limited number of white running backs in the NFL. In apost-season interview, Hillis expressed disappointment over his playtime on theseason, but remained tight-lipped about the controversy, maintaining thatconversations between him and McDaniels were friendly. In the sameinterview, Hillis was quoted as saying his future in Denver was up in theair.
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