Death is never something we like to talk about but recently the NFL lost someone at a very young age. Denver Broncos Super Bowl winning running back Ronnie Hillman has died at the age of only 31.
Hillman had been battling a rare form of cancer called renal medullary carcinoma since August, per statement.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother [and] father, Ronnie K Hillman Jr.,” statement read in part. “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.”
Hillman was placed in hospice care according to a social media post.
The Broncos also released a statement regarding Hillman’s death.
“We are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of former Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman,” the statement read.
“A key contributor during the winningest four-year period in franchise history, Ronnie was part of two Super Bowl teams and led the Broncos in rushing during our Super Bowl 50 championship season. Soft-spoken with a warm smile and quiet intensity, Ronnie was drafted by the Broncos in 2012 and grew into a dynamic player and well-respected teammate. Ronnie will be fondly remembered by our organization, which extends its heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the Hillman family during this difficult time.”
Over five seasons with the Broncos, Minnesota Vikings and Chargers, Hillman tallied 494 carries for 1,976 yards, 12 touchdowns and another 534 yards receiving.
Talk about passing away too soon.