Former NFL running back Peyton Hillis is reportedly in critical condition after rescuing his children from drowning.
Sidelines Arkansas reported that Hillis, a four-year player at the University of Arkansas, saved his children from the ocean.
Runningback Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns rushes the football against the Arizona Cardinals during the first quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 18, 2011, in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Browns 20-17 in overtime. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Peyton’s uncle, Greg, said the seven-year NFL veteran is “doing better” but still has a battle to endure.
Former Arkansas and NFL RB Peyton Hillis is rumored to be in critical condition after saving his children from drowning in the ocean. His kids are reportedly safe and healthy, but Peyton could use thoughts & prayers! pic.twitter.com/cIiwr9L5G3
— Sidelines – Arkansas 🏴☠️ (@SSN_Arkansas) January 5, 2023
“I just wanted to let everyone know on Razorback Nation that Peyton is doing better,” he said in a Facebook post. “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!!!”
— Alyssa Orange (@AlyssaOrange) January 6, 2023
Hillis, 36, was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft where he spent his first two seasons. However, he broke out as a member of the Cleveland Browns, rushing for 1,177 yards on 270 carries and scoring 11 touchdowns in 2010.
Though he didn’t make the Pro Bowl that season, he was awarded by being the cover athlete of Madden NFL 12.
Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns carries against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 5, 2010, in Miami, Florida. Cleveland defeated Miami 13-10. (Marc Serota/Getty Images)
He spent the 2012 season with the Kansas City Chiefs before spending his final two seasons with the New York Giants.
While at Arkansas, Hillis played a key role as a pass-catching back. In fact, he had more receiving yards (1,197) than rushing (960) in his four years there – a dozen of his 23 touchdowns came from the ground.
Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball during a NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 5, 2010, in Miami, Florida. Cleveland defeated Miami 13-10. (Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)
Hillis retired from the NFL in 2015.