Ronnie Hillman, a former running back for the Denver Broncos, is reportedly in poor condition and is suffering from both pneumonia and liver cancer, as stated by two of his former colleagues in Denver, Derek Wolfe, and Orlando Franklin.
Franklin wrote in a tweet that he sent out on Tuesday that Hillman, the former rushing leader for the Broncos, is currently “in hospice and not doing well.” Franklin begged for prayers for Hillman and said he was “not doing well.”
The most notable aspect of Hillman’s career is the performance he turned in for the Broncos in 2015. During that season, he led Denver in running yards with 863 and scored seven touchdowns while carrying the ball 207 times. In the previous year, the Broncos were victorious in the Super Bowl. During that particular season, Hillman and CJ Anderson formed one of the most potent 1-2 backfield punches in the National Football League (NFL). Hillman topped the Broncos in rushing yards, but Anderson was not that far behind him with 720 running yards and five touchdowns on 152 runs. Anderson had the most carries (152) and the most yards (720).
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In addition, Wolfe stated on 104.3 The Fan that Hillman is not in a particularly healthy state.
On Tuesday’s episode of The Drive, Wolfe revealed that the patient is currently receiving hospice care since he suffers from severe liver cancer. “It’s not looking good. I’m putting it out there that he has pneumonia in the hopes that it will send some happy vibes his way.
The Broncos chose Hillman in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft (67th overall), and he played for them for four seasons during his time there. While playing for the Broncos, Hillman amassed 1,979 running yards, scored 12 rushing touchdowns, and averaged 4.0 yards per carry. He played in 48 games for Denver.
Hillman’s NFL career continued with the Minnesota Vikings and the San Diego Chargers following his time with the Denver Broncos. In addition, the Dallas Cowboys signed him in 2017, eventually releasing him after a few months.