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Peyton Hillis' Madden 12 Cover Run Is The Silliest Thing In The World

Look at the Arkansas Razorbacks' 2007 backfield. Which running back looked most likely to make the cover of Madden one day, Darren McFadden or Felix Jones? Yeah, probably Peyton Hillis. In what is apparently not an elaborate joke, Hillis and Michael Vick are currently squaring off for the honor of appearing on the cover of Madden 12. (Vick starred on the cover of Madden 04 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons.)

EA's democracy is choosing the wrong Hog, though.

Have a look at this: in 2010, Hillis produced 1,654 total yards on 331 touches, an average of 4.99 yards per opportunity. McFadden turned out 1,664 yards despite getting 61 fewer touches -- sixty-one! -- giving him an average of 6.16 yards per touch. He also fumbled the ball only four times to Hillis' eight; Hillis had more fumbles lost than McFadden had total fumbles.

I'd say one member of that '07 Arkansas backfield has a case for the Madden 12 cover. He was crushed in the opening round by Philip Rivers, too, so it's not like he didn't have his chance. And of course I should just appreciate the phenomenal trollsmanship on display by Cleveland fans in pushing a pretty good starting running back to the brink of receiving the only modern NFL award that actually matters.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.