Peyton Hillis was released from the hospital a month ago, but has remained silent about his condition and recovery.
Former Cleveland Brown saved his children from drowning in the Gulf of Mexico in January; however, that landed him in the hospital, where he was initially in critical condition.
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He spent two weeks in the hospital dealing with lung and kidney problems. However, on Tuesday she sent a positive update for the first comments from her since the incident.
«I just wanted to come here and thank everyone for all the prayers and love that you have given me. It really made a difference.» Hillis tweeted. «I also want to thank my brave sister, mother, sister-in-law, my children, and my girlfriend who have saved my life in more ways than one. Thank you to the amazing staff at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. And they’re all truly amazing and I they took great care of you.You made all the difference in my recovery.
«I haven’t done any interviews about this because I would like to keep my family out of the public eye because it was a very traumatic time for us. But I wanted to come here and show my appreciation for everyone who helped.» save my life and for all your prayers, love and support. I left the hospital with no worries or concerns and should make a 100% recovery. I am a very lucky and blessed man. Yahweh has truly blessed me and I am very grateful.»
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Hillis, 37, was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft, where he spent his first two seasons. However, he excelled as a member of the Browns, rushing for 1,177 yards on 270 carries and scoring 11 touchdowns in 2010.
Although he did not make the Pro Bowl that season, he was awarded for being the cover athlete for Madden NFL 12.
He spent the 2012 season with the Kansas City Chiefs before spending his final two seasons with the New York Giants.
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While at Arkansas, Hillis played a key role as a pass catcher. In fact, he had more receiving yards (1,197) than rushing yards (960) in his four years there: a dozen of his 23 touchdowns came from the ground.