April 24, 2014

Audio: Peyton Hillis Nails His First Jim Rome Interview

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis is getting some national recognition.  On Tuesday Hillis did a great job repping the Cleveland Browns and himself on the Jim Rome show.  He is such a humble guy who seems so appreciative of the opportunity he has been given now that he is in Cleveland.

In this interview Hillis talks about Cleveland fans, Colt McCoy, the outside look at the playoffs, how he became a physical back, and even whether or not he likes the nickname “Juggernaut.”  He does think the whole Chuck Norris thing is pretty goofy.

The best part of the interview is how Hillis talks about being patient waiting for his opportunity.  He waited as he played with some very talented running backs at Arkansas.  He waited until Mike Shanahan gave him a shot during his rookie season.  He waited out the Josh McDaniels regime change after Shanahan was fired.  Finally, he waited out the RB competition with Jerome Harrison and Montario Hardesty to become “the man” now that he is here in Cleveland.  It really is a great story so far.  And for once, it is our great story as Browns fans.

We all love Peyton Hillis, and his first big interview on the Jim Rome show hasn’t done anything to change that.  The Jim Rome show is available locally on ESPN 850 WKNR every weekday from 12 PM to 3:00 PM.

Audio of Peyton Hillis on the Jim Rome Show

  • MattyFos

    Just an observation, but Peyton Hillis looks like he should be cross-eyed.

  • http://www.cavstheblog.com Tsunami

    Love this guy. Boy does he say “you know” a lot though. Try counting how many times he says it.

    Nice to have a humble, hard-working, team-first guy getting recognition.

  • Charlie

    @ Tsunami: Spot on. I knew Hillis was on Rome yesterday but I didn’t get to hear it so I asked my bro if he did, which he did. I asked him how it went and the first thing he said was, “He said ‘you know’ a million times.”

    Hillis for President, though.

  • Chris

    I’m at work right now… any chance of finding a transcript somewhere?

  • Garry Owen

    Chris: Just quit. If ever there was a reason to do so . . .

  • Howard Roarke

    Best hope this guy doesn’t get hurt.

    It also bothers me that while the Jets have a super defense, we’re making a star out of Colt McCoy when in fact he took the Browns to one TD and on FG’s in the last 3 quarters of the game.

    Mangini has succeeded in getting Cleveland fans to believe that winning a game 3-0 is the ideal. A QB that doesn’t make mistakes is what counts. Which means that Brese, Rodgers, Manning and Brady would have trouble here.

  • Carl Tassoff

    There you go…

  • Chris

    On the subject of Peyton Hillis as Juggernaut:

    It’s actually a pretty uncanny resemblance.

  • http://diehardnight.com Bheise

    Listened to it yesterday while I was at work. Hillis is primed to be this town’s new icon. I think someone should officially start the movement in favor of “The Juggernaut” nickname in Cleveland. It’s perfect.

  • Tron

    I saw somewhere other people were calling him the Albino Rhino. Personally I like Juggernaut image, it’s now my official work background. It feels good to be the team that totally ripped another team off. Sorry Denver.

  • eldaveablo

    @ Tron – There are few teams Browns fans never need to apologize to, and Denver is one of them. As a current Denver resident, I will confirm that they deserve all the heckling they can get.

    I cannot explain how much I love the “Juggernaut” nickname for Hillis. I heard it at the local Browns Backers bar on Sunday and thought it was perfect. The image posted at #7 just makes it that much better.

  • Garry Owen

    I think his nickname should be: Peyton “Please Don’t Get Hurt” Hillis.

  • abrowning

    I still like the nickname “Avalanche” for Hillis. He is white, gets downhill quickly and he runs people over…I heard this somewhere but cant remember.

  • Garry Owen

    How about “Atlas” – because he singularly carries the weight of Cleveland on his shoulders?

  • stin4u

    Rome is inaccurate in a citation here:

    Superman wears TIM TEBOW pajamas.

    The Hulk wears PEYTON HILLIS pajamas.

    that is all.

  • vorax

    El Dave, were you at the Retreat?
    I’m stuck in Donkeytown too, we should chill!

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com DP

    Mangini has succeeded in getting Cleveland fans to believe that winning a game 3-0 is the ideal.

    [Herm]YOU PLAY… TO WIN… THE GAME!![/Herm]

    Seriously. If the Browns were going 11-5 with very low-scoring games, we should complain about it??

  • http://www.heyhokie.com Vengeful Pat

    I also agree that Juggernaut is an awesome and original nickname for Hillis. Thunder has been done to death… every single big running back gets that nickname, especially if they are paired with a smaller/quicker running back that can be named “Lightning”. That stuff is tired, go Juggernaut!

  • Mark

    @DP – Don’t engage them. Seriously. Your looking for answers in good faith that will make sense to you and its just not going to happen. Their argument makes no sense. Its a pointless discussion.

  • Billy Thomas

    it will happen naturally. Most players in the NFL don’t go by nick names anyway. It’s more of a NBA thing.

  • http://www.adapterdesign.com/ adapterdesign

    @11 eldaveablo Which Browns Backers bar here? The one in the Cherry Creek area? Haven’t been down there yet, I’m up in Arvada and don’t want to drive across town.

  • The Other Tim

    Should we start basing our nicknames for black
    players on the color of their skin?

  • MallaLubba

    Did he say, “…big white running back…” in that interview?

  • http://www.cavstheblog.com Tsunami

    @22 and @23 – just let it go please.

  • Harv 21

    I got it: “White Power”

    (What? What’d I say?)

  • MattyFos

    I say we call him “Affirmative Action” because that’s the only reason he has a Running Back job in the NFL


    Peyton “Please, oh please, don’t fumble” Hillis

  • DK

    Love the interview and love the player. My question is this: What happens next year with Montario Hardesty? Yeah, remember that name, haven’t heard a thing all year basically about him. I’m just worried he’s going to be our next James Davis who comes in with hype, gets hurt and is gone the following year. I want to believe that won’t happen, but only time will tell I suppose.

  • mgbode

    @DK – Hardesty was a 2nd round pick, Davis a 6th round pick. Plus, we traded up to get him. We have significantly more invested in him and he should be a more talented back based on where we picked him.

    Now, drafting a RB with injury concerns is always a major risk and we have seen that bear out already. However, if he can keep healthy, do you not think that he will be immediately better than Mike Bell and Clayton?

    Hillis can get by with 20 touches a game and cede 10 to Hardesty (that’s right, 30 carries + receptions for our RBs a game is where I think we should be at)

  • brownsfan019

    RE: Hardesty

    Hopefully they can co-exist so Hillis isn’t getting pounded on every game. Hopefully Hardesty brings a different dynamic and can give Hillis a breather during the game.

    Guess we’ll see next year.