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Broncos Super Bowl 50 Champion Ronnie Hillman Dies at Age 31

Super Bowl winner Ronnie Hillman has died of cancer at the age of 31, his family announced Thursday.

After being drafted in 2012, running back Hillman was the Denver Broncos’ leading rusher during the 2015 season, in which they were crowned Super Bowl 50 champions.

He was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer – renal medullary carcinoma – in August but passed away on Wednesday.

Hillman’s family wrote on Instagram that the former running back “quietly and peacefully transitioned today in the company of his family and close friends.”

In a statement, the Broncos said it was “deeply saddened” by Hillman’s “untimely passing”. 

“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 team-mate.

“Ronnie will be fondly remembered by our organization, which extends its heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the Hillman family during this difficult time.” 

Hillman rushed 207 times for a team-high 863 yards and seven touchdowns during the team’s 2015 season. He rushed five times in Denver’s 24-10 win over the Panthers in Super Bowl 50, which was his final game as a Bronco.

Hillman also played for the Minnesota Vikings and the San Diego Chargers, and in his five seasons (56 games) in the National Football League (NFL), he made 494 carries for 1,976 yards, and 12 touchdowns while adding 74 receptions for 524 yards receiving and another score as a receiver out of the backfield. He ended up hanging up his cleats in 2017.

During the Broncos’ Championship winning season, he posted a team-high 863 yards rushing. His 1,845 rushing yards with the Broncos rank 16th on the team’s all-time list.

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