Damar Hamlin Rushed To Hospital During Game
Monday Night Football saw a disturbing scene when Bills player Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest while on the field. According to sources, Hamlin suffered the attack about nine minutes into their game versus the Cincinnati Bengals after tackling Tee Higgins. The play appeared normal to most watching, albeit a rather hard tackle for Hamlin. However, following the play, Hamlin immediately returned to his feet before taking two steps and collapsing on the field to the shock of officials, teammates, and fans of both teams. According to all sources, Damar Hamlin suffered from cardiac arrest following the tackle on Higgins, who slammed into Hamlin with a copious amount of force, which caused the horrific aftermath.
Damar Hamlin’s Accident and Aftermath
Medical personnel quickly made their way to Hamlin, wherein Hamlin received the needed treatment. Despite their efforts, Hamlin left the stadium on a stretcher in critical condition. Both teams became visibly affected during the ordeal; some began praying together for Hamlin’s health. Following about an hour of play delay, the NFL announced the game to be postponed. Vice President of NFL football operations released a statement, “Neither coach was talking about resuming play, the players were not thinking of resuming play…”
As of this morning, Damar Hamlin remains in critical condition at University of Cincinnati Hospital. Where at least one hundred saddened fans gathered to support Hamlin and gain information on his condition, this story is ongoing. More details about Hamlin’s condition will follow as they become available.
The Sports World’s Reactions
Despite the horrible event, it did bring the sports world together in support of Hamlin, his family, and his teammates. The NFL Players Association released a statement in which they bluntly claimed Damar Hamlin’s recovery was the only matter of any fundamental importance. This sentiment echoed throughout the world of professional football. Arizona Cardinals defensive end announced support. Likewise, Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Hamlin’s teammate Josh Allen asked fans to support Hamlin through prayer. Josh Allen’s simple tweet read, “please pray for our brother.” The support came from outside of the football world.
After setting a franchise scoring record of 71 points, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell offered his support for Hamlin. During a postgame interview, the record-setting shooting guard stated, “Prayers up for the Bills safety. I had heard about it but didn’t see it. I wish him and his family. … we’re praying for ’em, all of us in the locker room,” Tennis stars Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff voiced support for Hamlin. Pegula is the daughter of Terry and Kim Pegula, owners of Hamlin’s team, the Buffalo Bills. Even all-time sports icons Lebron James and Mike Trout offered support.
Unified Support for the Young Player
Damar Hamlin’s horrible accident set the world ablaze. Many around the United States have Hamlin in their mind and prayers. They range from an average Monday Night Football viewer to billionaire sports figures. While the country waits for updates on the player’s health, perhaps it remains best to heed Josh Allen’s advice and offer up support for Hamlin however they can. Expect updates to this ongoing story.