Former NFL running back Peyton Hillis remains in critical condition after saving his children from drowning in the ocean.
As of Sunday morning, Hillis is still dealing with kidney issues and prayers have been requested as he continues to fight, according to Memphis-based WREG.com.
The WREG reporter said Hillis is “struggling and definitely needs as many prayers as she can get.”
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Hillis was on a Pensacola beach when she rescued two of her children from drowning Wednesday. He needed to be airlifted to a local hospital, as he was experiencing lung and kidney damage.
“I just wanted everyone in the Razorback Nation to know that Peyton is doing better,” Hillis’s uncle, Greg, said in a Facebook post last week. “She’s still in intensive care and has some issues with her kidneys and lungs, but the doctors say she’s getting better. I just wanted to avoid any rumors that might start. I’m sure she’ll want everyone to know that she appreciates everything.” . of the prayers that are raised in her name!!!”
FORMER NFL RB PEYTON HILLIS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER SAVING HIS SONS FROM DROWNING: REPORT
Hillis, 36, was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft and spent his first two seasons there. However, he excelled as a member of the Cleveland Browns, rushing for 1,177 yards on 270 carries and scoring 11 touchdowns in 2010.
Although he did not make the Pro Bowl that season, he was rewarded by being the cover athlete for Madden NFL 12.
He spent the 2012 season with the Kansas City Chiefs before spending his last two seasons with the New York Giants.
While at Arkansas, Hillis played a key role as a pass catcher. In fact, he had more receiving yards (1,197) than rushing yards (960) in his four years there: a dozen of his 23 touchdowns came from the ground.
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Hillis has been retired from the NFL since 2015.
Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.