Acquired in an offseason trade from the Denver Broncos for quarterback Brady Quinn and a draft pick, Hillis has been Cleveland's MVP in the first half of the season. His playing style makes him prone to injury, but when Hillis is healthy, the bruiser is a perfect fit for what the Browns want to accomplish offensively.
Hillis' 29 carries single-handedly protected rookie quarterback Colt McCoy, who only threw 19 times, and kept dangerous New England quarterback Tom Brady off the field. It was clear by the second half that New England's defenders were worn down. Hillis' 35-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter was a final exclamation point.