A FORMER NFL star is reportedly in critical condition after rescuing his children from drowning in the ocean.
Peyton Hillis, who was a running back for the Browns, is in intensive care with kidney and lung injuries following his heroic gesture, according to family.
The 31-year-old's children are reportedly safe and healthy, The News-Herald reported.
Hillis was a renowned player at the University of Arkansas before he played with the NFL for seven years.
His uncle Greg Hillis addressed UA fans in a statement on Facebook where he said Peyton is "doing better."
"He’s still in intensive care and having some problems with his kidneys and his lungs but doctors say he is improving," the uncle wrote.
"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’ best NFL season was in 2010, when he rushed for 1,177 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He caught 61 passes for 477 yards and had two additional scores.
After that season, he was chosen as the cover athlete for Madden NFL 12.
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During his career, Hillis had 2,832 rushing yards and averaged 4.1 yards per carry.
He also had 1,050 receiving yards and scored 26 touchdowns in total.
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