Ronnie Hillman on NFL Total Access

'Aztec For Life' Ronnie Hillman appeared on NFL Total Access on Monday

‘Aztec For Life’ Ronnie Hillman appeared on NFL Total Access on Monday

When veteran running back Willis McGahee was released last week, the Denver Broncos made a clear statement.

They like their young running backs.

‘Aztec For Life’ Ronnie Hillman is one of those young backs, and he is expected to see an increased role in 2013. The second-year pro Hillman and rookie Montee Ball have seen the most action in team activities so far this offseason, and both are fiercely competing for the starting job.

Hillman appeared on NFL Total Access yesterday and talked about the competition for the starting job, the pressure of playing with future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, and his goals of having a career similar to those of San Diego legends Marshall Faulk and LaDainian Tomlinson.

Aztecs in the NFL: Ronnie Hillman

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VIDEO: Aztec For Life Ronnie Hillman congratulated by Peyton Manning

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Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman tries to run through the arms of linebacker Ray Lewis. (AP/Charlie Riedel)

Aztec fans –

Check out this video of Denver Broncos running back and Aztec For Life Ronnie Hillman as he scores his first career touchdown and is congratulated by future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.

Hillman had an impressive rookie season, as he amassed 85 carries for 330 yards and one touchdown in the regular season. He also had 10 catches for 62 yards.

His most impressive performance came in the postseason against the Baltimore Ravens, when he was heavily relied on due to an injury to starting running running back Knowshon Moreno. Although the Broncos lost the game, Hillman finished the season strong with 22 carries for 83 yards and 3 catches for 20 yards against one of the league’s toughest defenses.

Keep an eye on Hillman in 2013 to track his progress as an NFL running back.

by Hunter Hewitt


Aztecs in the NFL: Week 10

Brandyn Dombroski (62), seen here blocking for LaDainian Tomlinson (21) in 2009, returned to practice last week for the Chargers, but his status is still uncertain (Denis Poroy/Associated Press)

LB Russell Allen – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts
In the Thursday night game, the Jaguars fell to the Colts, 27-10. Allen had six tackles in the game, and is now tied for fourth in the NFL with 56 solo tackles this season.

LB Antwan Applewhite – Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos
The Panthers struggled against the surging Broncos on Sunday, and lost 36-14. Applewhite was inactive for the third straight week after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 7. His status for Week 11 is uncertain.

LS Aaron Brewer – Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers
The Broncos handled the Panthers on Sunday, winning their fourth straight game. Brewer did not record any tackles, as he did in his previous two games, but he continued to snap well on punts and field goals.

WR Vincent Brown – San Diego Chargers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
To add another blunder to their roller coaster of a season, the Chargers fell to the Buccaneers, 34-24. Brown remains out with an ankle injury suffered in the preseason, and is expected to return some time in December.

LB Miles Burris – Oakland Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Raiders had a tough time stopping the Ravens, and lost 55-20. Burris, who continues to start at weakside linebacker for the Raiders, recorded five total tackles in the game.

OT/OG Brandyn Dombrowski – San Diego Chargers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dombrowski returned to practice last week, but it is uncertain if he will see any game action this season. According to a post on ESPN, the Chargers have three weeks to either activate him or place him on injured reserve.

LB Heath Farwell – Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Jets
Behind a strong rushing performance by Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks defeated the Jets, 28-7. Farwell recorded another tackle on special teams in the game, giving him a total of 11 this season.

RB Ronnie Hillman – Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers
Although he had just seven yards from scrimmage in the game, Hillman scored his first NFL touchdown on Sunday in the Broncos’ big win over the Panthers. He scored on a 5-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

QB Ryan Lindley – Arizona Cardinals, BYE

OG Lance Louis – Chicago Bears vs. Houston Texans
The Bears had their six-game winning snapped on Sunday after they lost to the Texans, 13-6. Louis and his fellow offensive lineman performed well in pass protection, not giving up any sacks in the game. It wasn’t enough for the Bears, however, and their record fell to 8-2.

LB Kirk Morrison – Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
The Bills played the Patriots close all game, but eventually lost, 37-31. Morrison remained inactive for the game, and has yet to see any action this season.

WR Kassim Osgood – Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Lions had no answer for Adrian Peterson and his 171 yards rushing on Sunday, as they lost to the Vikings, 34-24. Osgood saw action on special teams, but did not record any tackles in the game.

WR Chaz Schilens – New York Jets vs. Seattle Seahawks
Schilens did not have any catches in the Jets’ loss to the Seahawks. Although he was held without a catch in the game, he has 16 receptions for 150 yards and one touchdown this season.

Did you miss the “Aztecs in the NFL: Week 9″ post? Check it out here!

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