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Former Browns RB Peyton Hillis in Hospital ICU After Swimming Accident in Florida

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 6, 2023

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Former NFL running back Peyton Hillis is reportedly in an intensive care hospital unit after a swimming accident in Pensacola, Florida.

Per Alyssa Orange in KNWA in Arkansas, Hillis had to be helicoptered to the hospital and remains unconscious.

Orange previously tweeted a screenshot of a Facebook post from Hillis' uncle, which stated that Hillis is "having problems with his kidneys and his lungs," but it was also noted that doctors said he is improving:

Alyssa Orange @AlyssaOrange

Peyton Hillis' uncle posted this on Facebook and <a href="https://twitter.com/OtisKirk23?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@OtisKirk23</a> brought it to my attention. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WPS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WPS</a> <a href="https://t.co/jYRvQPGAXF">pic.twitter.com/jYRvQPGAXF</a>

The University of Arkansas tweeted about Hillis on Friday, noting that he is "doing better" following "his heroic act saving his family." A description of the rescue posted by the Pensacola Beach lifeguards did not identify the rescued swimmers.

Arkansas Razorback Football @RazorbackFB

Thinking about our man <a href="https://twitter.com/thepeytonhillis?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@thepeytonhillis</a>. Encouraged to learn he's doing better after his heroic act saving his family. <br><br>🙏🙏🙏 <a href="https://t.co/owUjOU3zFN">pic.twitter.com/owUjOU3zFN</a>

Hillis played his college football at Arkansas before embarking on a seven-year NFL career from 2008 to 2014 that saw him appear in games for the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants.

Most fans likely remember Hillis for his magical 2010 season with the Browns, which saw him rush for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns while also catching 61 passes for 477 yards and two scores.

He had previously rushed for a total of 397 yards and six touchdowns in his first two NFL seasons with the Broncos.

Hillis parlayed his 2010 production into perhaps the biggest accomplishment of his career, which was being voted as the cover athlete for the Madden NFL 12 video game.

After finishing the 2011 season with 717 total yards and three total touchdowns, Hillis left Cleveland in free agency for the Chiefs. He spent one season in KC and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013, but he was released before ever appearing in a game and then spent his final two seasons with the Giants.

All told, Hillis rushed for 2,832 yards and 23 touchdowns and made 134 receptions for 1,050 yards and three scores in 81 career NFL regular-season games.