FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Former Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis is still in intensive care following a swimming accident on Jan. 5 in Pensacola, Florida.
FOX 8 sister station KNWA learned Sunday morning Peyton is continuing to battle and said he “definitely needs as many prayers as he can get,” even after some minor improvements. Initially the lungs and kidneys were the main issues, but a source told KNWA his kidneys are now a great concern.
Hillis was injured while saving a others from drowning. There was a prayer vigil for Hillis at an Arkansas high school football stadium Sunday evening.
Hillis was a star running back at Conway High School before signing with the University of Arkansas. From there, he was drafted in Round 7 by the Denver Broncos.
At Arkansas, Hillis played in 44 games and combined with Darren McFadden and Felix Jones to give the Razorbacks one of the best running back trios in the history of college football.
Hillis rushed for 960 yards and 12 touchdowns at Arkansas, caught 1,197 yards and 11 touchdowns in passes, 213 kickoff return yards and 257 punt returns. In the NFL, Hillis played for the Broncos, Cleveland, Kansas City and the New York Giants. He played in 81 games in the NFL with 34 starts. He rushed for 2,832 yards and 23 touchdowns and caught 1,050 yards and three touchdowns.