Cleveland Browns running back, wild boar hunter, and Madden cover boy Peyton Hillis talked with ESPN during a photo shoot in Times Square for the video game. Hillis divulged a plethora of interesting nuggets about his life, his guns, his hurdling, and more.
On his character in last year's version of Madden:
Peyton Hillis: To be honest, I wasn't too impressed with him. They had the face mask and all, but I look skinny. I thought they would've done me a little more justice than that.
Jon Robinson: Is that your advice for "Madden 12," to get your guns in there?
Peyton Hillis: Oh yeah, before speed or anything else, you want to look good.
On wearing nice clothes for all his new-found marketing opportunities:
Peyton Hillis: The sky is the limit. Anything can happen at this point; you just hope that it will all be positive. It's funny, because I don't have too many suits for all of these appearances. I only have two suits and I got them both in the past couple of weeks. We'll see how that works out.
On what qualities his character should have in this year's installment of Madden:
Peyton Hillis: I run with 4.55 speed, so I'm not fast, but it's not slow. I should be somewhere in the 87-89 area for speed. Then for toughness, I think they should give me 100. I don't care if other players in the game can catch me as long as I can just knock them over or jump over them. I think the hurdle should definitely be 100.