Former NFL running back Peyton Hillis in ICU after saving kids from drownin

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According to TMZ, former NFL running back Peyton Hillis is in the hospital after a swimming accident in which he saved his children from drowning.

Peyton remains in the intensive care unit for treatment of his lungs and kidneys, according to the report, but physicians say his condition is improving, according to his uncle, Greg Hillis.

According to the study, Hillis’ children are safe and healthy.

Peyton Hillis was in Pensacola, Fla., when the accident occurred, according to Fox 24 reporter Alyssa Orange, and he was helicoptered to the hospital, where he remains unconscious in the ICU.

While some social media posts indicated that Hillis was in critical condition, his uncle, Greg Hillis, said on Facebook that his nephew’s condition was improving.

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“I just wanted to let Razorback Nation know that Peyton is doing better,” Greg Hillis stated. “He’s still in intensive care and experiencing some problems with his kidneys and his lungs but the doctors believe he is recovering. I merely wanted to stop any rumors from spreading. I’m sure he’d want everyone to know how much he appreciates all of the prayers said in his honor!!!”

Peyton Hillis, 36, played in the NFL for seven years, from 2008 to 2014. He played for the Broncos, Browns, Chiefs, and Giants after being picked in the sixth round by Denver out of Arkansas.

His greatest NFL season came in 2010, when he ran the ball 270 times for 1,177 yards with Cleveland.


Hillis finished his career with 2,832 running yards and an average of 4.1 yards per carry. He also has 1,050 yards receiving and 26 total touchdowns.