Former Cleveland Browns Star Peyton Hillis In ICU After Heroically Saving His Children From Drowning In Ocean

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Peyton Hillis, the former running back for the Cleveland Browns, is reportedly in an ICU after he saved his children from drowning in the ocean in Pensacola, Florida.

Hillis saved his children’s lives and was then rescued and helicoptered to a hospital, according to KNWA. The children are reportedly okay but Hillis remains unconscious and on a ventilator, according to the local news station, although his breathing is improving and his lungs recovering.

A man named Greg Hillis, who is believed to be Peyton’s Uncle, posted an update on his facebook page, saying:

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

Hillis retired in 2015 due to a long history of suffering concussions. 

He began his career with the Denver Broncos before being traded to the Browns. After spending two seasons in Cleveland, Hillis also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hillis graced the cover of EA Sports video game Madden 12 after a standout season with the Cleveland Browns in 2010, where he put up 1,600 total yards and 13 total touchdowns. 

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