Peyton Hillis Discusses His Whiteness on The Dan Patrick Show

Peyton Hillis will certainly be the talk of the Cleveland Browns this off-season.  He heads into the final year of his contract after having proven himself to be quite the valuable commodity on the football field.  The Browns and their fans could do far worse than having Peyton Hillis out there representing the team nationally.  We learned that earlier this year when Hillis spoke with national radio host Jim Rome.  O.K. So, maybe he did take his own spitter to a Browns post-game press conference.  Even that’s alright, I guess.

Hillis was on the Dan Patrick show (audio) recently and again represented Cleveland well.  It was no easy task as he was continually asked about being a successful white running back.  Peyton Hillis says he still doesn’t get the novelty of his whiteness as a topic of conversation.

Hillis said, “I try not be covenant to it.” before deflecting to more general talk like an NFL veteran.  “You know I just like to go out there and play my hardest because I know a lot of people don’t have a lot faith in me and even if you have a good year or a bad year they’re still going to criticize you and say you’re not good enough.”

But Patrick pressed on, noting how few white running backs have ever rushed for 1,000 yards in a season.  Hillis continued to push past the race issue as best he could saying,  “Well you know since the season is over I haven’t heard too much about it, but you know during the season people would come to me and tell me how exciting it was to see that. It made me happy to know that first and foremost the good lord put me in the position to do it. Secondly, that I could give people hope.”

Apparently though, despite my suspicions that the NFL was full of courteous gentlemen, race does come up in some of the trash talking on the field.  “You know they’ll say ‘You white boy you ain’t gonna run on us today. This is ridiculous why are you giving offensive lineman the ball?’ You know all kinds of stuff like that you hear on the field, but I use that to my advantage. I kind of soaked it in, ate it up a little bit because I enjoyed it.”

Peyton Hillis finished with another discussion of the many nicknames that people have come up with for him.  In the end though, Hillis still claims not to care much for nicknames.  Let’s just hope that Browns fans want to keep thinking up positive nicknames for Hillis next year and on into the future.

  • Dave

    Good for Peyton. And shame on Dan Patrick – asking Hillis “Do you understand the whole novelty of being a white running back in the NFL?” is just as racist as asking Donovan McNabb or Michael Vick “How does it feel to be a black quarterback in the NFL?” Neither of them should have any place in sports journalism.

  • NJ

    White? I always thought he was some kind of outerspace potato man.

    Really though. What an insulting line of questioning. Wish that players could say what they really think when asked this garbage.

    “Yeah, all my years of hard work aside, I always feared that my innate racial inferiority would force me to seek work as an offensive guard, NASCAR driver, or hockey player.”

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Denny

    “Apparently though, despite my suspicions that the NFL was full of courteous gentlemen, race does come up in some of the trash talking on the field.”

    Good form.

  • Hillbilly98

    as far as nicknames go, I like albino rhino…. which is much funnier after this post

  • MattyFos

    I don’t like his whiteness either

  • Garry Owen

    Who should carry his spitter to the press conference?

  • MattyFos

    ”You know they’ll say ‘You white boy you ain’t gonna run on us today. This is ridiculous why are you giving offensive lineman the ball?’

    That is some good trash talk. I’m curious as to who said this.
    My guess? Ray Lewis or Ed Reed. I would have guessed James Harrison because he’s a thug and such.. But I don’t think he’s smart enough to come up with such good garbage talk.

  • MattyFos

    Continuing on #7

    It would be hilarious if it was Joe Haden or TJ Ward saying it in practice… That would be perfect for a segment on NFL Films.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bird2590 Big Tuna

    ”You know they’ll say ‘You white boy you ain’t gonna run on us today. This is ridiculous why are you giving offensive lineman the ball?’

    Because you can’t stop him. That’s why.

  • sealedhuman

    Stuff White People Like #135: Peyton Hillis.

    http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/

  • Vorax

    My favorite player dressed exactly like me. Today is white boy day, after all.

  • http://www.60bpm.com/ Robbie

    “This is ridiculous why are you giving offensive lineman the ball?”

    LMFAO… it took me a few seconds to read that correctly. Hilarious.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    @ sealedhuman…I got excited when you invoked the “stuff white people like” blog. I actually thought he might be on there. Oh well…

  • 216in614

    @13 me too. i actually scrolled through looking for him…

  • C-Bus Kevin

    @ 216in614…one of my favorites? “Taking a Year Off”

    Priceless…

  • Chris

    @6: You win an internet.

  • Garry Owen

    Sweet. I always wanted one of those.

  • 6thCity

    The man has class.

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Denny

    I hope it was Tom Zibbbbykowski who called him out on being a white running back.

  • saggy

    crap – i went to the stuff white people like blog and searched for like 5 minutes until i realized hillis wasn’t going to be on there. pretty funny, though.

  • Scott

    As far as nicknames for Peyton, Bill Simmons came up with the best one, The Avalanche: He’s white, runs down hill, and wipes people out.

  • Christopher

    nothing says white running back like a camouflage fleece and spit bottle.

  • Griff

    I spent a lot of time in NW Arkansas growing up. The spitter and camo jacket is just how they grow them in those parts.

  • kg

    I know a dude that used to eat dinner with him when he was with the broncos. Dude said hillis puts ketchup on a $50 steak!

  • Chris

    Once they pay him more he can put ketchup on $150 steak.

  • DouginCincy

    I emailed the contact at Stuff White People like, suggesting #40 be #135, and linked to this article! He should absolutely be on the list!