BEREA, Ohio—Peyton Hillis sauntered into the media room and took a seat between reporters with a ball cap on, jeans and cowboy boots as Jake Delhomme was taking questions after the Browns win over the Panthers.
Delhomme was asked about Hillis and Hillis looked to the ground and appeared to be embarrassed as Delhomme talked about him.
“It’s a physical presence,” Delhomme said of Hillis’ style. “I don’t think there’s any doubt. It’s a physical presence that, even with an eighth man in the hole, he, for the most part, can move that person out of the hole.
“It’s about giving him the football and letting him follow the line and Lawrence Vickers. I think those two are a deadly combination.”
Hillis had just rushed for 131 yards on 26 carries and caught six passes for 63 yards. Hillis accounted for 194 of the Browns yardage. It was Hillis’ four 100-yard rushing game of the season. He has scored 11 rushing touchdowns and two receiving thus far in 2010.
Hillis has scored a touchdown in every game this season, except against the Steelers. He has 905 yards on 199 rushes (4.5 avg.).
By the way, he also scored three touchdowns against Carolina.
“It’s all about the Lord being in my life and being close to me,” Hillis said. “Of course, when you have an All-Pro fullback (Lawrence Vickers) and everyone on your line is amazing, you are going to make some yardage. It’s just how it is. I don’t do it on my own and if it wasn’t for those guys I wouldn’t make a single yard.
“So, you have to give all the credit to them.”
Hillis is the first Browns back to rush for 11 touchdowns since Leroy Kelly did so in 1968. Jim Brown rushed for 17 in 1958 and 1965, which is the franchise record. With five games to play, he still has a chance of catching Brown’s record.
Hillis was first asked about being mentioned in the same sentence as Kelly and Brown. He stopped the questions abruptly.
“That’s absurd,” he said. “To be mentioned with those guys, let’s stop those questions right now.”
Delhomme said Hillis is a complete player. He also leads the Browns in receiving with 46 receptions for 414 yards (9.0 avg.) with two touchdowns.
“I think his receiving skills and things like that—those don’t get enough credit,” said Delhomme. “He’s a running back that stays in the game on all three downs. A lot of guys can do that, but he does that extremely well.”
Many have said that Hillis’ physical style might end his career early. However, he doesn’t see it that way.
“In college, I really never got beat up,” Hillis said. “I had two guys in front of me who did all the running and I really didn’t do anything. In my first couple years in Denver, except for my late rookie run there, I never toted the rock that much.
“So I feel fresh and still feel young,” he said “I’m only 24 and hopefully, that holds up.”
Haden Rolling: Rookie Joe Haden intercepted a pass for the third-straight game when he intercepted a pass from Jimmy Clausen with 1:28 to play in the game. He leads the team with four on the season. Haden is the first Browns player to intercept a pass in three consecutive games since Bernie Parrish did so in 1959.