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PENSACOLA, Fla. – Former NFL star Peyton Hillis is recovering in intensive care after a swimming accident in Florida.

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A family member told KNWA that Hillis was taken to the hospital in a helicopter after an accident while swimming in Pensacola on Thursday. The family member told the station that Hillis remains unconscious, but his breathing is improving.

Hillis’ uncle, Greg Hillis, said in a post on Facebook, “I just wanted to let everyone know on Razorback Nation that Peyton is doing better. He’s still in intensive care and having some problems with his kidneys and lungs but the doctors say he is improving. … I’m sure he would want everyone to know that he appreciates all of the prayers being thrown up on his behalf!!!”

According to The News-Herald, Hillis was rescuing his children from the ocean. The children are reported to be safe.

Hillis graduated from Arkansas and was drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. After two seasons in Denver, Hillis was signed by the Cleveland Browns before moving on to the Kansas City Chiefs and finally the New York Giants for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Hillis retired after the 2014 season.

In Hillis’ first year with the Browns, he had 1,177 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, which earned him the Madden cover the next year, according to ProFootball Talk.

Hillis shares two children with his ex-wife, Amanda Hillis, People reported.