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Former Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman dies of cancer at 31

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado — Former Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman, who played for two Super Bowl teams, including the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 winner, died after a bout of cancer, his family said Thursday. He was 31 years old.

Former teammates, including Derek Wolfe and Orlando Franklin, had expressed how dire Hillman’s health had been recently, saying that Hillman had been transferred to hospice care. Please pray for Hillman… this is not fair. Please God please.”

Wolfe said Hillman had liver cancer and had also had pneumonia.

Hillman was a third-round pick by the Broncos in the 2012 NFL Draft and was one of the youngest players to be drafted in a recent draft. He was just 20 when the Broncos picked him, and he didn’t turn 21 until September of his rookie year.

He was one of two 20-year-olds the Broncos picked in its draft class. Quarterback Brock Osweiler was the other.

Hillman finished two consecutive seasons at San Diego State with 1,500-yard rushing seasons (1,532 yards in his freshman year and 1,711 yards in his sophomore year) with 17 and 19 rushing touchdowns, respectively. He’s number five on the school’s all-time rash list.

Hillman joined the Broncos in the team’s first draft class after signing Peyton Manning. He rushed for 218 yards in limited duties when the Broncos set his 1-hit season scoring record in the league with his 606 points in his 2013, and two years later the Broncos superstar. Rush (863 yards) and he led the Bowl 50 team with seven touchdowns. regular season.

Hillman also had a career-high 24 receptions that season.

He played 5 games for the Minnesota Vikings and 3 games for the Chargers in 2016. This is his last season in a regular season game.