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Peyton Hillis praised as a 'remarkable dad' as he remains hospitalized after rescuing kids

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Peyton Hillis praised as a 'remarkable dad' as he remains hospitalized after rescuing kids

Peyton Hillis is being hailed as an ‘amazing father’ as the former Cleveland Browns running back remains hospitalized in Florida after successfully saving his children from drowning on a Pensacola beach.

‘What an amazing father who makes the ultimate sacrifice for his children and prays that he recovers and is there for his children again,’ one Twitter user wrote.

‘A lot of kids think of their dad as their hero, but Peyton Hillis’ kids can now literally say their dad saved their life,’ added another.

A 36-year-old Arkansas man saved his children from drowning at a Pensacola beach, but was left in critical condition as a result of a swimming accident, according to reports. Both children – Hillis’ son Orry, and her younger daughter – are said to be safe.

Peyton Hillis is being hailed as an 'amazing father' as the former NFL running back remains hospitalized after successfully saving his children from drowning at a Pensacola beach

Peyton Hillis is being hailed as an ‘amazing father’ as the former NFL running back remains hospitalized after successfully saving his children from drowning at a Pensacola beach

Hillis is pictured with girlfriend Angela Cole, an actress, who is not the mother of his children

Hillis is pictured with girlfriend Angela Cole, an actress, who is not the mother of his children

A 36-year-old Arkansas man saved his children from drowning at a Pensacola beach, but was left in critical condition as a result of a swimming accident, according to reports.  Both children - Hillis' son Orry, and her younger daughter - are said to be safe

A 36-year-old Arkansas man saved his children from drowning at a Pensacola beach, but was left in critical condition as a result of a swimming accident, according to reports. Both children – Hillis’ son Orry, and her younger daughter – are said to be safe

Hillis was reported unconscious Thursday after being transported to a local hospital, where his breathing is now “improving” in the intensive care unit, according to an update.

A man identified as Hillis’ uncle gave the update in a Facebook post Thursday night, adding that his nephew was having problems with his lungs and kidneys.

‘Just wanted to let everyone in Razorback Nation know that Peyton is doing better,’ wrote Greg Hillis. ‘He is still in intensive care and has problems with his kidneys and lungs but doctors say he is improving.’

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A Browns spokesman declined to comment, saying the team was waiting for news of Hillis’ condition to be confirmed before doing so.

Hillis’ former agent, Kennard McGuire, did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

Chris Ogbonnaya, another former Browns running back, asked fans on Twitter to pray for his old teammate: ‘Please keep former teammate Peyton Hillis in your thoughts and prayers.’

Former NFL safety Antoine Bethea had a similar post: ‘Prayers for Peyton Hillis!!’

Arkansas football also released a statement on Twitter: ‘Thinking about our man @thepeytonhillis. Encouraged to know that he is doing better after his heroic act of saving his family.’

Hillis' children were seen with his ex-wife, Amanda, during his brief tenure in Kansas City

Hillis’ children were seen with his ex-wife, Amanda, during his brief tenure in Kansas City

A man identified as Hillis' uncle gave the update in a Facebook post Thursday night, adding that his nephew was having problems with his lungs and kidneys.

A man identified as Hillis’ uncle gave the update in a Facebook post Thursday night, adding that his nephew was having problems with his lungs and kidneys.

Many online reactions praise Hillis as a good father and lovable person. One podcaster is particularly fond of his time with Hillis.

‘Peyton Hillis is a super good dude,’ tweeted the podcaster known as Sir Yacht. ‘A complete goofball and I mean that in the best way possible. He is a hero for saving his children from drowning today. I am praying hard for him and hope he has a safe and speedy recovery.’

Cole confirmed the relationship in a social media post on July 6, 2022

Cole confirmed the relationship in a social media post on July 6, 2022

‘Guy saved his kids from drowning and is now in hospital,’ one Twitter user wrote. ‘Get well soon for a father who puts his children first, some people don’t always.’

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The former Browns star tried acting in recent years and appeared in the horror film, The Hunting, in 2021.

He co-starred with actress Angela Cole in that film, and the two are now dating.

The film was a homecoming of sorts for Hillis, as it was shot in the Cleveland suburb of Mantua, Ohio.

Cole first went public with their relationship in a Facebook post on July 6, 2022.

Cole wrote: ‘I don’t care what they say about you, Peyt. I think you are very good. Sometimes someone comes into your life and changes everything. I am very grateful to you.’

Hillis appeared to confirm the relationship on her unverified Instagram page in August.

He said: ‘I mean the Bahamas is beautiful… but it’s just him’ before adding some emojis with hearts in them.’

Hillis divorced the mother of his children, Amanda, in 2020.

Many online reactions praise Hillis as a good father and lovable person.  One podcaster is particularly fond of his time with Hillis.  'Peyton Hillis is a super good dude,' tweeted the podcaster known as Sir Yacht.  'A complete goofball and I mean that in the best way possible.  He is a hero for saving his children from drowning today.  I am praying for him and hope he has a safe and speedy recovery'

Many online reactions praise Hillis as a good father and lovable person. One podcaster is particularly fond of his time with Hillis. ‘Peyton Hillis is a super good dude,’ tweeted the podcaster known as Sir Yacht. ‘A complete goofball and I mean that in the best way possible. He is a hero for saving his children from drowning today. I am praying for him and hope he has a safe and speedy recovery’

Hillis was sure her children were okay, but she ended up in the intensive care unit

Hillis was sure her children were okay, but she ended up in the intensive care unit

Hillis, in a scene from the 2021 horror film 'The Hunting' released on video on demand

Hillis, in a scene from the 2021 horror film ‘The Hunting’ released on video on demand

After starting his career with the Denver Broncos, Hillis was traded to the Browns along with a sixth-round pick for backup QB Brady Quinn.

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In four years at the University of Arkansas, Hillis totaled 960 rushing yards and 1,197 receiving yards while scoring 23 touchdowns.

Hillis' spectacular 2010 season led to fans voting him the cover of EA Sports' Madden 12

Hillis’ spectacular 2010 season led to fans voting him the cover of EA Sports’ Madden 12

Hillis is best known for his 2010 season in Cleveland, where he put up 1,600 total yards and 13 total touchdowns. As a result of that campaign, he won a national vote to be the cover athlete for the video game EA Sports Madden 12.

After two seasons in Cleveland, he left as a free agent to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.

He finished his professional career playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants.

Hillis retired in 2015 at the request of his doctor due to a history of concussions.

He spoke to Bleacher Report in 2015 about his candid struggles with mental health and depression as he chose to leave the game he loved.

‘I was going through a really bad depression at the time,’ he says of his years in Cleveland in particular. ‘I’m asking for help because I can’t sleep, I’m so upset that everything is going down in this way and no one will understand.

Of his decision to retire, he said: ‘After a while, it became very difficult. I don’t care anymore, I don’t care anymore. Football let me down. I still love the game and I still have a lot of friends in the game, but as far as NFL football goes, my heart isn’t in it anymore.’

Former Cleveland Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya also called for fans to pray for Hillis

Former Cleveland Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya also called for fans to pray for Hillis