Former NFL Player Who Rescued 4 From Drowning Taken Off Ventilator

Angela Cole / Instagram

On January 5th, it was reported that former NFL player Peyton Hillis was in the ICU after saving his children, whom he shares with ex-wife Amanda Hillis, and two other adults from drowning.

That same day, Hillis’ uncle revealed that his nephew was having problems with his kidneys and lungs, “but doctors say he is improving.”

Peyton Hillis was raised in Conway, Arkansas, where he was a standout athlete. He was named Best High School Football Player in the state and was considered the best fullback in the nation.

Hillis attended college at the University of Arkansas where he tied the SEC freshman touchdown record. As a senior in 2007, Hillis set a program single-season record for running backs. His career 118 catches set a U of A school record for receptions by a running back.

He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2008. Two years later he was traded to Cleveland where he saw his greatest professional success.

He was skilled enough to be chosen to be on the 2011 cover of the video game Madden 12.

His former college team tweeted their support on January 6th, saying, “Encouraged to learn he’s doing better after his heroic act saving his family.”

Pig Trail Nation reported, “As of Sunday morning prayers were asked for as some additional issues with his kidneys is cause for concern…Peyton is battling and definitely needs as many prayers as he can get. Initially the lungs and kidneys were the main issues. But the source said this morning his kidneys are a great concern now.”

On Wednesday night (Jan. 11), Hillis’ girlfriend, Angela Cole, revealed on Instagram that doctors had removed Hillis’ ventilator.

“A hero…So proud of this man and so incredibly grateful for family and this incredible hospital. Peyton is off the ventilator and is on the road to recovery. Please continue to pray for he’s still got a ways ahead of him, but thank you for all of your prayers and love and support thus far. It truly makes all the difference. Today was a good day,” she wrote along side a video montage of photos of them.

The pair met while filming the 2021 film The Hunting.

We are sending our prayers to Hillis and his family.