Former NFL player Peyton Hillis is in intensive care after 'saving his children from drowning'
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Former NFL player Peyton Hillis is in intensive care in hospital after reportedly 'saving his children from drowning'.
Fox 24 reporter Alyssa Orange says the ex-Cleveland Browns running back was in Pensacola, Florida when the incident happened.
It's unclear what happened in the water that required Hillis to jump in and rescue his kids.
He was taken to a local hospital where his reportedly in a critical condition.
His uncle, Greg Hillis, has posted an update on social media, saying the former athlete is on the mend.
"I just wanted to let everyone know on Razorback Nation that Peyton is doing better," Greg said.
"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 had a big career in the NFL that spanned seven seasons from 2008 to 2014.
During that time, he played with Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants 'after being drafted out of Arkansas by Denver in the seventh round', according to the New York Post.
The outlet says his 2010 season was his best ever and it landed him on the cover of Madden NFL 12.
Fox says that season saw him have stats of rushing for 1,177 yards on 270 carries and scoring 11 touchdowns.
Hillis eventually retired from NFL in 2015.