Former San Diego State, NFL Running Back Ronnie Hillman Dies At 31
His family announced that Ronnie Hillman, a former NFL running back, has died. He was 31 years of age.
Hillman, aBroncosThird-round selection in the 2012 draft Recognized with renal medullary carcinomaIn August. After receiving support messages from former teammates and fans, the news of his death comes just days after he was admitted to hospice.
“It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing our beloved son, brother, and father, Ronnie K Hillman Jr.” Statement read. “Ronnie peacefully and calmly passed away today in the company his family and close friends. We, his family, are grateful for the kind words and prayers that have been offered. We ask for your patience as we prepare to place our precious RJ to sleep.
Hillman played college atSan Diego StateHe rushed 262 times for 1,532 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2010. He was a highlight-reel player in 2011, with 311 attempts to the ground for 1,711 yard and 19 touchdowns. He played in 48 games during his four-year tenure with the Broncos after his selection in the draft.
His best season was 2015, when he and Peyton Manning won Super Bowl 50. He was the team’s leading rusher in regular-season stats, with 863 yards and seven touchdowns from 207 carries. Hillman, who won his only Super Bowl ring in 2016, played for the Vikings, Chargers and Patriots in ’16.
Hillman’s family made public his diagnosis on Wednesday. According to theNational Organization for Rare DisordersThe Hillman family explained that renal medullary carcinoma, a rare form of kidney cancer, is most common in young African-Americans. It can cause sickling of the blood cells and sickle cell trait.TMZ Sports The cancer treatment was unsuccessful and he was being kept comfortable in hospice care.
Former teammatesOrlando Franklin,Brandon Stokley and Derek Wolfe Fans were asked to keep Hillman in your thoughts and prayers Tuesday. In the wake his death, Athletic staff members at San Diego State They offered condolences.
John David Wicker, Aztecs athletic director, said that he was saddened by the loss of Ronnie Hillman.“Ronnie was instrumental in reviving San Diego State football in his 2 seasons in 2010/2011 and has been around the program recently offering wisdom and insight. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ronnie and his family during this difficult time.
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