Just call him Roy Hobbs. Peyton Hillis likened his comeback Monday night in which he scored a third-quarter 1-yard touchdown to give the Giants a 10-point lead to that of the main character of “The Natural” after everything he’s been through the last few years. Hillis finished with just 36 yards on 18 carries and the score in his Giants debut but added five catches for 45 yards. “It seems like the movie... where he’s out of the game for 10 years he comes back and he starts doing well for the team” Hillis said after the Giants’ first victory of the season. “It just feels like that. It feels like I’ve been beat around the last couple of years and never really getting an opportunity.” Just three years ago the 6-2 250-pound bruiser rushed for 1177 yards and 11 touchdowns for Cleveland landing him on the cover of the Madden 12 video game. Since then it’s been all downhill. He struggled with the Browns in 2011 and the Chiefs in 2012. He latched on with the Buccaneers over the summer but was released on Sept. 21. Hillis said he thought his carrer was over before the Giants called him for a tryout and eventually signed him last Wednesday. He wasn't even keeping in shape which caused him to have what he described as “jello legs” Monday. “I was at home on my ranch in Tennessee hunting every day and not working out and then you get a call” he said. “And I remember going through my workout and felt like I was out of gas and about to pass out. But when you go from doing nothing to working out during the week your legs get really sore. It takes a little time to get your legs back underneath you.” Hillis admitted he wasn’t very productive on the ground Monday but he called the night “very satisfying” especially when he found the end zone. “It was a great feeling” he said of scoring. “It's something I've needed for a long time.” The last few years have humbled Hillis and he knows his future is uncertain dependent on the health of the rest of the running backs. But with David Wilson (neck) not expected back for several weeks and Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) suffering a setback Saturday Hillis may continue to contribute.
Peyton Hillis hits ground running with touchdown in first game
New York Daily News | Oct 22