Peyton Hillis took a big step in his recovery after he was discharged from the hospital after he rescued children from drowning earlier this month. The incident damaged his lung and kidney, and he was initially listed in critical condition.
TMZ Sports has since obtained video that shows multiple first responders rushing to Pensacola Beach to tend to the former NFL running back after he saved his kids from the ocean.
Via the report:
“In the footage, captured on an Escambia County Sheriff’s deputy’s body camera, you can see Hillis was in bad shape on the Florida sand after he was pulled from the water on Jan. 4.
The ex-Cleveland Browns running back, who did not have a shirt on, appeared to be breathing heavily … and seemed to be in a great deal of pain.”
The first responders eventually got him on a backboard and then into a helicopter as he was flown to a nearby medical facility for treatment.
Hillis, who turned 37 on Saturday, was first admitted to the hospital on Jan. 4 after he was airlifted and placed in the ICU. Fortunately, his children ended up being safe after he risked his life as a father does to protect them.
The biggest moment of his NFL career was when he was the cover athlete for Madden NFL 12 after a breakout season in which he rushed for over 1,000 yards. Before retiring from the NFL in 2015, he spent time playing for the Browns, Broncos, Chiefs, Buccaneers and Giants.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.