Posted on: December 12, 2010 1:28 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2010 1:49 pm

Hillis crosses 1,000-yard rushing mark

Posted by Will Brinson

It's almost a shame that there's been so much craziness in the NFL this year, because one of the best stories to come out of 2010 -- the emergence of Peyton Hillis as a stud running back -- has gone under the radar a little bit.

But make no mistake, he's having a monster year. And on the Browns first drive Sunday against the Bills, Hillis because just the third player in Browns history to rush for 1,000 yards and 11 TDs in a season, joining Jim Brown and Leroy Kelly in some pretty elite company.

The other amazing thing is that Hillis is a white running back. And that sounds silly, but there hasn't been a 1,000 yard Caucasian rusher in the NFL since 1985.

As Michael Wilbon recently said, it doesn't matter what your skin color is, if you're a minority in sports at a certain position, and you achieve an amazing goal like that, you should be celebrated. Although don't tell Hillis that.

"I’m a human just like everybody else is a human," Hillis said recently. "I don’t think race really matters. Guys on this team look at me as a person, not as an image or a race."

Perhaps even crazier with Hillis, though, is that he was a fullback at Arkansas with Darren McFadden and Felix Jones and went completely unnoticed (relative to them) when it came to prospective studliness in the NFL.

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