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Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin remains in stable but critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest during the Monday Night Matchup vs the Cincinnati Bengals.
Hamlin had his heartbeat restored during the game and the training staff were administrating CPR.
The significance of the injury and moment was realized by all watching the live primetime game. With an ambulance on the field, both the Bengals and Bills players and staff were visibly shocked by the scene.
The game was suspended and then postponed after the NFL spoke to both head coaches.
The injury took place after Hamlin and Bengals receiver Tee Higgins collided during a first quarter reception near midfield.
After the hit to the chest, Hamlin quickly got up and then went down were the staff approached him immediately.
Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2023
Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.
Along with the statement by the Buffalo Bills, many people around the sports world have tweeted and sent out their prayers during and after the game for Hamlin.
Josh Allen tweeted, “Please pray for our brother.” Hamlin currently is at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is in critical condition.
Please pray for our brother.— Josh Allen (@JoshAllenQB) January 3, 2023
Please pray for our brother.
Everyone across the NFL including players, coaches, and fans continue to pray for Damar Hamlin’s full recovery.
Let’s take a look back at this young man’s football career.
Damar Hamlin was born on April 28, 1998, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, where he played as a safety for the football team. During his high school career, Hamlin was a four-star recruit and one of the top players in Pennsylvania. He was also named to the Pennsylvania Football Writers’ Class AAAA All-State team.
After graduating from high school in 2016, Damar Hamlin committed to the University of Pittsburgh to play college football. In his freshman year, he played in all 13 games as a backup safety and recorded nine tackles. He became a starter in his sophomore year and started in 10 of 13 games. He recorded 52 tackles, one interception, and six pass breakups.
In his junior year, Hamlin started in all 14 games and recorded 90 tackles, two interceptions, and four pass breakups. He was named to the All-ACC Third Team and helped lead the Panthers to a 7-7 record. In his senior year, he started in all 13 games and recorded 67 tackles, one interception, and five pass breakups. He was named to the All-ACC Second Team.
Damar Hamlin was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 6th round (212th pick overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft. He signed a three-year contract with the team on May 7, 2021. During the preseason, Hamlin impressed the coaching staff with his performances and made the final 53-man roster. He made his NFL debut in the Bills’ season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 12, 2021.
Hamlin registered 1 tackle and 2 passes defensed in 2021.
The 2022 season was proving to be an impressive year for Damar Hamlin. In 15 games, Hamlin registered 82 Total Tackles, 54 Solo Tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 2 passes defensed.