First off let me start by saying I hope I didn't overstep my bounds by posting this as a FanPost vs. a FanShot, I'm just getting tired of the average Browns fan being ignorant.
Since last Sunday I've been hearing all week that Hillis should have played, despite his illness he should be out there. "He gets millions to play", "He shouldn't be such a wuss", "It was only strep throat" is mostly the drivel I've heard. I've bitten my tongue & pretty much let it slide off my back but I just don't get the dopey mentality of the average Browns fan.
I don't recall anybody here bashing Hillis for not playing, I could be wrong but I don't remember seeing anything about it. DBN seems to have intelligent members that don't spout stupidity in this forum, the way some average fans do in front of TV cameras or reporters or on radio talk shows.
In an interview & article written by TOM WITHERS (AP Sports writer ), Hillis reacts to the same stupidity I've been hearing all week.
"People just make suggestions and accusations just because they can," he said. "They don’t know me, they don’t know my body. I go out there and play hard, but for me, I really think I’m very durable."
"The people that really care about me and want the best for me would understand," he said. "And the people that don’t, then they don’t. But I can’t control that. And I’m going to do what’s best for me at that point. If it’s going to jeopardize my health in that situation, I’m going to take my own life in my own hands and do the best I can."
Hillis said he lost "10 to 12" pounds while he was ill, and that he has put some of the weight back on. He explained that after getting to the stadium he realized he hadn’t recovered enough to dress for the game.
"My weight wasn’t there. My energy wasn’t there," he said. "‘I knew it wasn’t my time that day. Me and the doctors talked it over and they probably didn’t think it was the best thing to go out there. It was very disheartening. I know I’m not 100 percent, then I know I can’t give it my all. I didn’t want to hurt the team."
So here's your key line near the beginning of the interview, average browns fan, as to why Hillis didn't play. After staying at the team hotel on Saturday night, Hillis went to Browns Stadium intending to play but was sent home two hours before kickoff. Between the team doctors & coaching staff, it really was not Peyton's choice to make & he didn't want to be a detriment to the team.
In an interestingly sad side note in the article, Hillis was asked about not getting a contract extension yet like four other guys this past month & replied.
"I know other people may think differently, but it’s really out of my mind," Hillis said. "I don’t care. If the Browns wanted to extend me, they would. That really puts the ball in my court. I’ve got to go out there and produce. All I can do is what I can control. I can just go out there and play."
If you wish to read the full article you can do so here. Hillis interview