Homegrown Heroes: Browns Veterans Host 'Intervention'-Style Meeting With Hillis

by Chris Bahn  on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 11:00 am  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Peyton Hillis is beginning to lose his teammates in Cleveland.

Hillis has struggled with injury and public perception this season in the midst of a contract dispute with the Browns. The Madden ’12 cover player  has been taking a hit nationally and is now struggling in his own locker room.

Here’s more from Yahoo Sports!:

The Cleveland Browns team charter had taxied onto the Hopkins International Airport runway last Friday when a flight attendant pulled a small piece of paper out of a white paper bag and made an announcement: “And the winner is … Number 40.”

Peyton Hillis, the team’s injured and beleaguered halfback, had won the game of “Hot 20,” a lottery-like parlaying of players’ per-diem allocations.

“Congratulations, Peyton,” a Browns veteran yelled from the back of the plane as Hillis strode forward to collect his winnings. “You finally got paid!”

The comment, and a slew of similarly sarcastic jeers from other Cleveland players, drew laughs from aisle to aisle. However, as Hillis counted his bag of petty cash and the Browns took off for San Francisco, where two days later they would lose to the 49ers to drop to 3-4, strains of distrust and dysfunction were swirling through the pressurized air.

Yahoo goes on to detail an intervention-style meeting held by Browns veterans for Hillis. It’s been a difficult year for Hillis to “get his mind right.”

Yes. Yes it has.

Hillis did not play last Sunday. His status this week is unknown.

Below we have a list of how players with Arkansas ties fared this week in the NFL.

Player, Position



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