Former NFL operating again Ronnie Hillman, a member of the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 championship staff in 2015, died Wednesday after a battle with a uncommon type of liver most cancers, his household introduced. He was 31.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother and father, Ronnie K Hillman Jr.,” an announcement posted to Hillman’s Instagram account learn. “Ronnie quietly and peacefully transitioned today in the company of his family and close friends. We as the family appreciate the prayers and kind words that have already been expressed. We ask that you would give us time to process our feelings as we prepare to lay our precious RJ to rest.”
Hillman had entered into hospice care this week after unsuccessful remedy on a uncommon type of most cancers with which he was identified in August, the household mentioned in an announcement posted to the identical account earlier Wednesday. Hillman had renal medullary carcinoma, “a rare but highly aggressive neoplasm form of cancer that primarily affects young African Americans with sickle cell trait.”
Hillman performed 5 seasons within the NFL, together with his first 4 with the Broncos. A standout at San Diego State University, Hillman was chosen by Denver within the third spherical of the 2012 NFL Draft, at No. 67 general. His greatest season got here throughout the Broncos championship season in 2015, when he ran 863 yards and 7 touchdowns throughout the common season whereas sharing the backfield with C.J. Anderson. Hillman had 4 100-yard speeding video games that season, together with a 117-yard, one-touchdown efficiency throughout the regular-season finale, a 27-20 victory over the Chargers that helped Denver clinch the No. 1 seed within the AFC playoffs.
After serving to the Broncos win the Super Bowl, Hillman spent another season within the NFL, taking part in for the Vikings and Chargers in 2016. He completed his five-year professional profession with 1,976 speeding yards and 12 touchdowns.
Hillman, who grew up in Long Beach, Calif., was simply 20 years previous when he joined the Broncos, making him the youngest participant within the NFL on the time. He performed two seasons at San Diego State, speeding for 1,532 yards and 17 touchdowns as a freshman and 1,711 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore.
Teammates of Hillman’s with the Broncos and at San Diego State shared their condolences with the household on social media late Wednesday night time.
“Fly high bro,” tweeted former Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, a teammate of Hillman’s in Denver for 3 seasons.
“Prayers up (and) rest easy brother,” Anderson wrote.
Hillman is tragically the second member of Denver’s 2015 staff to move away. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas handed away on Dec. 9, 2021 because of issues from a seizure dysfunction.
More data on a memorial for Hillman can be forthcoming, his household mentioned in its assertion.
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