Peyton Hillis has spoken publicly about the curse (©GettyImages).

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#1 Peyton Hillis (Madden 12)

Peyton Hillis must have a serious hatred for anyone who voted him onto the cover of Madden 12.

The running back had an outstanding rookie season with the Cleveland Browns; rushing for 1177 yards, 477 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns, Hillis was the next big thing.

And then he was voted to be the cover star of Madden 12...

His next season was awful. Featuring in only ten games, he had 717 total yards and three touchdowns, quite the comedown.

All the while he was fighting a bitter war with his employers for a new, improved contract, one that saw his attitude deteriorate.

It didn't go unnoticed with players coming out and saying Hillis was "in a funk" and how he was such a changed man.

Hillis himself said: "Things didn't work in my favour this year. There's a few things that happened this year that made me believe in curses. Ain't no doubt about it."

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