Former Razorback, NFL star in ICU after saving kids from drowning
JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Peyton Hillis, a former University of Arkansas football star, is in intensive care after saving his children from drowning.
Our content partner, KNWA in Fayetteville, reports the former NFL running back was flown to a Florida hospital following a swimming accident in Pensacola.
A family member said Hillis remains unconscious in the intensive care unit; but, his breathing is improving.
“I just want to let everyone know on Razorback Nation that Peyton is doing better,” his uncle, Greg Hillis wrote in a post. “He is still in intensive care and having some problems with his kidneys and lungs, but the doctors say he is improving. I just wanted to head off any rumors that may be started.”
The Arkansas Razorbacks football Twitter account posted Friday about Hillis, who went to college and played football there from 2004-2007.
“Thinking about our man @thepeytonhillis. Encouraged to learn he’s doing better after his heroic act saving his family,” the tweet stated.
Greg Hillis, identified as Peyton Hillis’ uncle, said on Facebook that Peyton Hillis is doing better.
“He’s still in intensive care and having some problems with his kidneys and his lungs but the doctors say he is improving,” he wrote. “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!!!”
Peyton Hillis played seven seasons in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants. His best season was in 2010 with the Browns, when he had more than 1,600 total yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns.
He was featured as the cover athlete on the Madden NFL video game the following season.
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