Hillis beat out Philadelphia Eagles and quarterback Mike Vick, who was merely votes away from his second Madden cover, something that has only been accomplished by John Madden himself.
Hillis' improbable run ended with a sweet victory, not just for the Browns and their fans but in the long standing rivalry between the Broncos and Browns.
Many, many years the Broncos have dominated the Cleveland Browns, dating all the way back to the John Elway days. Last offseason, the Broncos dealt Hillis to the Browns along with draft picks for quarterback Brady Quinn.
So far, chalk that up as a big win for Mike Holmgren and the Browns.
Hillis burst onto the scene with a Pro Bowl caliber year in 2010 that has just been capped off with one of the highest honors in sports-a Madden cover.