Few NFL players have ever been hit as hard by the “Madden Curse” as former Browns RB Peyton Hillis.
The New York Giants have released RB Peyton Hillis after less than two years with the team. Hillis was the cover athlete of the Madden 12 video game in 2011.
The Giants announced on their team website that they were releasing Hillis, who recorded just 115 rushing yards in nine games played in 2014. Hillis was picked up by the Giants in 2013 after the Buccaneers released him part-way through the season. He would go on to rush for 247 yards and two TDs in seven games played that year.
Hillis appeared on the cover of Madden NFL 12 after a sensational season with the Cleveland Browns in which he rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 TDs back in 2011:
But like many Madden cover athletes before him such as Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, Vince Young and Troy Polamalu, Hillis was hit viciously by the injury bug during the season the game was released and production with the Browns took a serious dip, resulting in his release in 2012.
An unsuccessful year in Kansas City led to him being acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013, but he never saw the field with Tampa Bay before being picked up by the Giants.