LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Former Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis took to Twitter Tuesday to say thanks to everyone who showed their support during his recovery.
In a tweet, Hillis thanked everyone for their outpouring of support during his recovery following a swimming accident in Pensacola, Florida.
“l just wanted to come on here and thank everyone for all the prayers and love y’all have given me. It’s really made all the difference,” Hillis said. “I also want to thank my brave sister, mother, sister-in-law, my kids, and my girlfriend who has saved my life in more ways than one.”
According to reports, the accident happened while Hillis was rescuing his children from drowning. Hillis was airlifted to an area hospital and put in the ICU shortly after. Hillis also thanked the hospital staff for their efforts during his recovery.
“Thank you to the amazing staff at the hospital. Baptist hospital in Pensacola. Y’all were truly amazing and took such great care of me,” Hillis said.
Hillis capped off his note noting how blessed he said he was to have the support.
“I left the hospital with no worries and concerns and should make a 100% recovery. I’m a very lucky and blessed man. Yahweh has really blessed me and I am very thankful,” Hillis stated.
A standout at Conway High School in Arkansas, Hillis went on to play for the Razorbacks before an NFL career that took him to Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City and the New York Giants. In 2010, Hills ranked 11th in rushing, compiling 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Browns.