Ronnie Hillman is a former rushing back for the Broncos, and he is currently in palliative care. His family and teammates confirmed on Tuesday that he was in hospice care.
According to TMZ, the former rushing back was dealing with renal medullary carcinoma in August.
It is a “uncommon but highly aggressive neoplasm form of cancer that primarily affects young African Americans with sickle cell trait.”
His family reported that while he was diagnosed, he was receiving the necessary treatment, but it was unsuccessful.
His family added his illness was deteriorating, so he was transferred to palliative care, where he is comfortable.
His family shared a statement: “As a family, we hope beyond hope, and we have faith that can move mountains. We also understand that God’s will is not always ours; therefore, we as a family subject ourselves to the will of our Almighty God.”
They added they need everyone’s prayers on Ronnie’s health, but at the same time, they want privacy during this difficult time.
#BroncosCountry please pray for Ronnie Hillman he’s in palliative care and not doing well.
— Orlando Franklin (@OFranklin74) December 20, 2022
Well-wishes from different teammates were shared for Hillman. A good wish came from Derek Wolfe, a previous teammate of Hillman and a former defensive end.
He shared a statement on Tuesday where he said that Hillman is suffering from bad cancer.
He added, “He has pneumonia and I’m putting it out there just to send positive vibes his way.”
His family confirmed that he turned 31 this September. In the 2012 NFL Draft, he was in the third round by the Broncos and staring at San Diego State.
Until 2015, he played for the Broncos, and in 2016, he was associated with playing games for the Vikings and Chargers.
According to sources, the year 2015 was his best season, as he rushed for 863 yards on 4.2 yards per carry and seven touchdowns in the regular season.