Two weeks after suffering serious injuries while reportedly saving family members from drowning, former Browns running back Peyton Hillis has been discharged from the hospital.
The best possible news concerning Peyton Hillis dropped this weekend: He’s out of the hospital according to his girlfriend Angela Cole.
The former Browns running back had been in the hospital since Jan. 4 when he was involved in a water rescue reportedly involving family members. He had to be put on a ventilator and was in critical condition.
He’s now on the path to recovery.
Former Browns, NFL RB Peyton Hillis discharged from hospital
“God is so good!,” Cole wrote in an Instagram post. “Peyton has been discharged from the hospital. The amount of love and gratitude I have for the incredible team that took care of Peyton is indescribable. This picture does not have anywhere near the amount of people who took such great care of him.
“To Baptist Hospital in Pensacola: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know I told you this probably 20 times a day, but you are so incredible. You all worked like a perfected machine with each and every one of you so kind, attentive, calming and caring…
“You not only saved Peyton’s life, you made it a priority to make sure that his family and I were okay amidst your busy schedules. You all were so calming, answered every question numerous times kindly… and heck, even took care of me and made sure I was okay every night: got me hot tea for my throat, made sure I was sleeping and eating, gave me a friend to confide in… I mean, I am just in AWE. You have all became a huge family to me and I know have meant so much to all of us. I can’t express this enough when I say this, thank you for making all the difference in our lives. I’ll never be able to thank you enough!
“And a huge thank you again for all of your prayers, love and support… God heard. And He answered.”
A week earlier, Cole declared Hillis a “hero” while revealing that he had been taken off a ventilator. He obviously continued to progress enough to go home.
Hillis spent seven seasons in the NFL, playing for the Broncos, Browns, Chiefs and Giants. His time with Cleveland was his most memorable. He rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2010, adding 477 yards and two touchdowns receiving that year. After his outstanding season, he won the fan vote to appear on the cover of Madden NFL 12.