Former Broncos linebacker Ronnie Hillman has died at the age of 31

Former Broncos linebacker Ronnie Hillman has died at the age of 31

Ronnie Hillman had five carries in Super Bowl 50, that is Bronchi They beat the Panthers 24-10. (Focus on Sports/Getty Images)

Former Denver Broncos linebacker Ronnie Hillman died Wednesday. He was 31 years old.

Hillman’s family announced his death in a post on his Instagram account.

“Ronnie transitioned peacefully and peacefully today in the company of family and close friends,” the post read. “We appreciate the prayers and kind words already expressed to the family. We ask that you give us time to process our feelings as we prepare to lay our precious RJ to rest.”

Hillman entered hospital care Tuesday for renal cell carcinoma, a rare type of kidney cancer, in August. His family said he underwent treatment, but it was unsuccessful.

After two standout seasons at San Diego State, Hillman hired an agent and entered the 2012 NFL draft. The Broncos selected him in the third round. Hillman played in 24 games over his first two seasons in the NFL, rushing for 548 yards and two touchdowns.

His playing time increased in 2014. Hillman played in eight games that season, starting four of them. He had 434 yards and three touchdowns, but injuries limited his numbers.

Hillman was on the field in 2015 and had his most productive year as a professional. He had a career-high 863 yards and seven rushing touchdowns. Hillman started all three of the Broncos’ playoff games that season, rushing 32 times for 54 yards. He had five carries in Super Bowl 50, which the Broncos won 24-10 Carolina Panthers.

Hillman left Denver in the offseason and eventually signed a deal Minnesota Vikings. Hillman played five games with Minnesota before being released in November. He was picked up on waivers by the San Diego Chargers and played three games with the team in 2016.

Signed by Hillman Dallas Cowboys out of season He was released by the team before the start of the 2017 season.

Hillman finished his career with 1,976 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. As a player he reached two Super Bowls, won a ring in 2015.

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