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Denver Broncos Super Bowl champion Passes Away At 31

Written by Tony Ghaul

Former Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman passed away at the age of 31 on Wednesday. Hillman’s family delivered the news through his Instagram account on Wednesday.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother & father, Ronnie K Hillman Jr. Ronnie quietly and peacefully transitioned today in the company of his family and close friends. We as the family, appreciate the prayers and kind words that have already been expressed. We ask that you would give us time to process our feelings as we prepare to lay our precious RJ to rest. More information will be forthcoming. With love, The Family

Earlier in the week, Hillman’s former Broncos teammates relayed the information that he was in hospice care due to cancer.

Hillman played a significant role in the Broncos Super Bowl-winning season in the 2015 season. During that season, Hillman led the Broncos with 863 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 207 carries. He was part of a thunder-and-lightning combo in the backfield with CJ Anderson.

Hillman was a third round draft pick by the Broncos in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played his first four seasons in the NFL with the Broncos. He would later sign with the Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers, and the Dallas Cowboys.

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman. Photo courtsey of Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

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