One of the things I love about pro football is the emergence of an unknown player almost weekly. Peyton Hillis had himself an outstanding day, 144 yards rushing and one touchdown. Hillis who has been under estimated his entire career, finally had the career day he dreamed of.
Hillis, who played his college football at the University of Arkansas, was buried under superstar running backs. He played not only tailback, but also fullback, tight end, and wide receiver. He had to back up not only Darren McFadden, but also Felix Jones. Following his collegiate career he was drafted in the 7th round by the Denver Broncos in the 2008 draft.
Every time Hillis has entered a NFL game he has done well. His battle for current Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels didn’t make national headlines, but it was worth noting. He felt as though because he was white, he had no business playing in the NFL. Similar to the story about Toby Gerhart this off season. during the 2010 off season, he was traded for Brady Quinn along with a sixth round draft pick. The season started off well for Hillis, gaining 41 and 35 in weeks one and two. With injuries to Jerome Harrison and Montario Hardesty, Hillis got his first career start and didn’t let down.
As from this point forward, expect to see him share carries with Harrison once he comes back from injuries, until then expect him to bulldoze his way to more and more yards. As for his card values, they have been basically unspectacular around a dollar a card. Although expect a steep increase this week. The one pictured below sold recently for $25, but the next highest sold for about $5. There are few players in the league that deserve to succeed more than Hillis. Cleveland has nothing to lose by letting him start for the immediate future to see what he can bring.