Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis had a career year after he was traded from the Denver Broncos. Hillis was 8th in the AFC for rushing and scored 11 touchdowns.
According to reports, Hillis was traded after he hit on former head coach Josh McDaniel’s wife. But accordingly to Hillis, he was traded for another reason… the color of his skin. Hillis told the Huffington Post:
“In Denver they just wanted me to play strictly fullback, nothing else. I wasn’t too happy about the situation, but I was trying to be a team player. I just wanted to be on the field. It ended up I didn’t play anything at all…. They’ll say, ‘You white boy, you ain’t gonna run on us today. This is ridiculous. Why are you giving offensive linemen the ball? 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.”