He spent four seasons in the Mile High City (2012-15) before landing with the Vikings in 2016. Hillman has played in 53 NFL regular-season games with 14 starts while tallying 471 carries for 1,895 yards (4.0 avg.) and 12 touchdowns. He’s also caught 71 passes out of the backfield for an additional 747 yards and a score. With the Broncos, he played in five career postseason games with two starts where he logged 56 carries for 145 yards and four catches for 27 yards.
Hillman began his NFL career in Denver in 2012 when Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator. This season, Hillman appeared in five games for Minnesota before being waived on Monday.
As a collegian at San Diego State, Hillman played two seasons, earning Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2010. A first-team All-MWC pick as a sophomore in 2011, Hillman applied for early entry in the NFL Draft in 2012, leaving SDSU as the third-leading rusher in school history with 3,243 yards.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round pick by Denver (67th overall), April 27, 2012...signed with Broncos, July 25...contract expired March 9, 2016...re-signed with Broncos, April 19...released Sept. 3...signed with Minnesota, Sept. 21...waived Nov. 21...claimed by Chargers, Nov. 22.
2015: Oct. 4 vs. Minnesota, 11 carries for 103 yards (9.4 avg.) with career-long 72-yard TD run, fourthlongest scoring run in team history...season-best 111 yards on 20 carries Oct. 18 at Cleveland...two first half TDs (1 and 15 yards) Nov. 1 vs. Green Bay...102-yard effort on 21 carries Nov. 22 at Chicago...AFC Offensive Player of Week after 117-yard effort with TD Jan. 3 vs. San Diego...saw action in all three postseason games, including Super Bowl XL victory over Carolina.
2014: Became fourth player in team history to reach century mark in fi rst NFL start in rushing for 100 yards on 24 carries Oct. 12 at New York Jets... first NFL multi-TD game (37 and 1 yard) in NBC Sunday Night Football win over San Francisco Oct. 19... season-high 109 yards on 20 carries vs. Chargers Oct. 23...scored rushing and receiving TD Nov. 2 at New England, fi rst Bronco to do so since 2010...inactive Games 10-15 (foot).
2013: Season-high 66 yards rushing and lone TD of season vs. Oakland on Monday Night Football Sept. 23.
2012: NFL debut Sept. 23 vs. Houston...season-best 86 rush yards Oct. 28 vs. New Orleans...fi rst NFL TD (5 yards), Nov. 11 at Carolina...Jan. 12 vs. Baltimore, took over for injured Knowshon Moreno in Divisional Playoff game and carried 22 times for 83 yards, most attempts by Broncos rookie in postseason history.
COLLEGE: 2010 Mountain West Conference Freshman of Year...fi rst-team All-MWC as sophomore in 2011 after ranking fourth in NCAA in rushing (131.6 ypg.)...third in school history with 3,243 yards...played in 26 career games with 20 starts...scored 36 career TDs and racked up three 200-yard games...rushed for 1,532 yards and 17 touchdowns as freshman and 1,711 yards and 19 TDs as sophomore...three-time MWC Player of Week...redshirted in 2009...played at San Diego State from 2010-11...social science major.
PERSONAL: Born in Long Beach, Calif...helped lead La Habra (Calif.) High to 2008 CIF Southern Section Southwest Division title after rushing for 1,251 yards and 14 TDs, while racking up 2,104 all-purpose yards and 27 total scores...Freeway League MVP and first team all-county by Orange County Register...Southeast Division Offensive Player of Year as junior...as youth in Los Angeles, played on team coached by rapper Snoop Dogg.