Former Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis has been released from the hospital more than three weeks after he saved his children from drowning in the ocean in Florida.

Mr Hillis, 36, was left in a critical condition after he went to rescue his children from a swimming accident Pensacola January 4.

On Thursday, he finally went home.

His sister, Hayley Davies, announced the news in a Facebook post, saying “everything is looking good and improving.”

She called Mr Hillis’ recovery “a true miracle”.

“God was truly with us that day,” Ms Davis wrote. “He has guided us and protected us all and I am very grateful for his provision.”

The athlete’s uncle previously said he was undergoing lung and kidney treatment in a Facebook post hours after the accident.

Mr. Hillis starred at the University of Arkansas for a seven-year career NFL and then played for the Browns for two years in 2010 and 2011. He is best known for his 2010 season in which he rushed for 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns.

After two years with the Browns, he opted out of his contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2015, Mr. Hillis retired at the request of his doctor due to a concussion.

Mr. Hillis starred in a horror film Hunting in 2020 with his girlfriend Angela Cole.

His crash came after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffering from cardiac arrest and fell to the field shortly after a tackle during a scrimmage against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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