Peyton Hillis, the former NFL star, is reportedly in intensive care after saving his two kids from drowning. A family member has said that his health is improving but that he is still unconscious.
Peyton’s uncle, Greg Hillis stated Thursday on Facebook that Peyton’s health is improving after the incident but that he remains unconscious. Peyton’s kids are reportedly safe.
“I just wanted to let everyone know on Razorback Nation that Peyton is doing better,” Greg wrote on his Facebook page.
“He’s still in intensive care and having some problems with his kidneys and his lungs but the doctors say he is improving. I just wanted to head off any rumors that may be started,” Greg continued. “I’m sure he would want everyone to know that he appreciates all of the prayers thrown up on his behalf!!!”
Fans and friends of Hillis have taken to his Instagram page to wish him well and to thank him for his heroic actions. “Praying for you big dawg, you did what any father would do… get well soon,” one fan wrote.
The former running back played in the NFL from 2008-2014 for the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, and New York Giants. During his time in the NFL, Hillis was even featured on the cover of the Madden ’12 video game. After retiring from football, Hillis moved on to acting and is currently dating actress Angela Cole.
In an Instagram post from last year, Hillis is seen playing a football video game with his 9-year-old son. “You can take the man out of the game… but you can’t take the game out of the man,” Hillis wrote. “Grateful to know I can still kick somebody’s a** in football… even if it is my 9-year-old son.”
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Hillis was a fan favorite in Cleveland and a beloved figure in Arkansas, where he is from. He has a podcast called In the Backfield, where he uses his expert knowledge of the sport for commentary. In an interview with WKYC Channel 3 in 2020, Hillis said that the Browns “sum him up as a person” and that there is “something about being a Brown that just envelops your soul, it makes you feel like you are loved.”
In an update on Hillis’ condition, Dov Kleiman said that Hillis remains in the intensive care
unit and is in need of prayer.
Update: Former #NFL RB Peyton Hillis is still in intensive care following saving his kids from drowning on Jan.5
Hillis is battling. Initially the lungs and kidneys were the main issues. his kidneys are a “great concern” now, per @3onyourside
Hillis is a hero, pray for him 🙏 pic.twitter.com/yMpwsJmhZd
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 9, 2023