Ronnie Hillman Former Aztec Running Back Has a Rare Cancer and is in Hospice

The legendary San Diego State Aztecs running back Ronnie Hillman is now receiving hospice care for a rare type of cancer. Hillman, who is 31 years old, was diagnosed with renal medullary carcinoma in August, according to a statement given by his family. Malignant medullary tumors of the kidney are very uncommon. In a statement to TMZ, Hillman’s family said that the actor had tried therapy without success.

“As a family, we hope beyond hope, and we have faith that can move mountains,” the family said, per TMZ. “We also understand that God’s will is not always ours; therefore, we as a family subject ourselves to the will of our Almighty God. We need your prayers, but we also need your understanding and respect for Ronnie and our family’s privacy at this time.”

Ronnie Hillman Former Aztec Running Back Has a Rare Cancer and is in Hospice
Ronnie Hillman Former Aztec Running Back Has a Rare Cancer and is in Hospice

Hillman suited up at San Diego State in 2010 and 2011, before getting picked by the NFL. Hillman was a huge positive for the Aztec’s offense, scoring 36 times and carrying for 3,243 yards in his two seasons there. Hillman started 10 of the Broncos’ 16 games that year, and he led the club in rushing with 863 yards on 207 rushes and seven touchdowns en route to the team’s Super Bowl 50 victory.

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Before splitting the 2016 season between the Minnesota Vikings and the San Diego Chargers, Hillman played for Denver for four seasons. On Tuesday, former teammates of Hillman’s started spreading the word about his deteriorating condition. The prognosis is not promising. His former teammate, Derek Wolfe, revealed his condition, pneumonia, on Denver’s 104.3 The Fan radio program. “It’s not looking good. He has pneumonia, and I’m putting it out there just to send positive vibes his way,” Wolfe said.

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Similarly, former Bronco Orlando Franklin tweeted, “#BroncosCountry please pray for Ronnie Hillman he’s in hospice and not doing well.” Donnell Pumphrey, another outstanding Aztec, tweeted “Please, Lord, look out for my Aztec cousin. I’ll keep praying for big dawg, but I know he’ll never be stopped.”

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Ronnie Hillman, famed running back for the San Diego State Aztecs, is in hospice care for a rare form of cancer. According to a family statement, Hillman, who is 31, was diagnosed with renal medullary cancer in August.

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