The Cleveland Browns are no strangers to one-hit wonders, as memorable efforts from these players turned out to be a flash in the pan.
There hasn’t been much to celebrate since the Cleveland Browns returned in 1999, so when a player exceeds expectations, Cleveland fans will immediately look for ways to make said player The Emperor of the City.
You already know Peyton Hillis is on the list, as he’s the Patron Saint of Browns’ One-Hit Wonders. Look at what the fan base did for him. Hillis went from obscure Denver fullback to star Cleveland running back to the cover of Madden Football!
If there’s one thing that will move the meter with a pro athlete, it’s the Madden cover, because the marketing abilities are endless. If you get that gig, you’re probably a household name in football houses across the nation. And Hillis, through the help of the fan vote, got the cover. It still amazes me to this day.
With this list of Browns one-hit wonders, take a walk back in time and remember the players we thought were finally going to carry our beloved downtrodden franchise to the promised land.