Ex-NFL Star in Critical Condition after Saving His Kids from Drowning

Former star NFL running back Peyton Hillis is in critical condition after rescuing his children from drowning in the ocean, according to reports.

Hillis, 36, was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

He broke a breakout year in 2010 rushing for 1,177 yards on 270 carries and scoring 11 touchdowns as a member of the Cleveland Browns.

He played college ball at Arkansas where he had more receiving yards (1,197) than rushing (960) in his four years.

A dozen of his 23 touchdowns came from the ground proving he was a dual threat.

Hillis retired from the NFL in 2015.

He was reportedly rushed to hospital following a swimming accident in Pensacola, Florida on Thursday.

Hillis’s uncle, Greg, said:

“I just wanted to let everyone know on Razorback Nation that Peyton is doing better.

“He’s still in intensive care and having some problems with his kidneys and his lungs but doctors say he is improving.

“I just wanted to head off any rumors that may be started.

“I’m sure he would want everyone to know that he appreciates all of the prayers being thrown up on his behalf.”

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Fox News reporter Alyssa Orange said:

“I have confirmed Hillis was in a swimming accident in Pensacola, FL, and helicoptered to the hospital.

“He remains unconscious in the ICU.

“Family asks to please pray for him and a speedy recovery.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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