Condolences pour in for Damar Hamlin, in critical condition after NFL game : NPR

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A vigil is displayed at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for Buffalo Bills football player Damar Hamlin after he collapsed after a tackle during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals and was transported by ambulance to the hospital on January 3, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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A vigil is displayed at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for Buffalo Bills football player Damar Hamlin after he collapsed after a tackle during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals and was transported by ambulance to the hospital on January 3, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Professional football players, NFL teams and athletic figures in sports all voiced their support for Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin after he suffered a cardiac arrest during a game Monday night.

Hamlin was listed in critical condition early Tuesday at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after collapsing after a tackle in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. After tackling Bengals receiver Tee Higgins, Hamlin stood up straight and took a step forward before stopping and falling back.

Bills players immediately signaled to the sideline for help from their training staff. Hamlin collapsed for about 10 minutes, with medical staff seen giving Hamlin CPR before he was removed from the field.

Condolences immediately started pouring in on social media.

United voices around football

Several professional football teams sent thoughts and prayers to Hamlin after the tackle, including the Bengals, the Arizona Cardinalsthe Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“We send our thoughts and prayers to Damar,” the Bengals said.

“We send our thoughts and prayers to Damar Hamlin, his family, and the @BuffaloBills,” the Steelers said.

Hamlin, 24, is a native of Pennsylvania and played football at the University of Pittsburgh. He is in his second year in the NFL.

“Damar Hamlin is the best of us,” his alma mater tweeted. “We love you, 3. We pray for you.”

In a statement from the NFL, league commissioner Roger Goodell said: “Hamlin received immediate medical attention on the scene from an independent medical team and staff and local paramedics. He was then transported to a local hospital where he is in critical condition.”

“Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills. We will provide more information as it becomes available,” the NFL said.

“The NFLPA and everyone in our community are praying for Damar Hamlin,” the NFL Players Association said in a statement. “We’ve been in contact with the Bills and Bengals players, and the NFL. The only thing that matters at this point is Damar’s health and well-being.”

Sympathy and support from other pro sports

Professional athletes in other sports also hoped that Hamlin would recover.

“Offering prayers and strength for @BuffaloBills’ Damar Hamlin,” tennis great Billie Jean King said, urging the game to be postponed.

“Praying for you boy!!!” Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tweeted.

“Oh, I want to say a prayer for the safety of the Bills,” Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player Donovan Mitchell said during a post-game conference. “I had heard about it, I didn’t see it but, you know…we are praying for him, all of us in the locker room…From the Knights organization, we want to wish you the best, and we pray that everything goes well”.

Reactions around New York

Politicians across New York state also tweeted about Hamlin’s injury.

“Praying for Damar Hamlin,” Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York he said. “Our hearts go out to his family, loved ones, and the entire @BuffaloBills community.”

“We pray for Damar Hamlin and his family,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer he said.

“I am asking all New Yorkers to join me in prayer for Damar Hamlin, his family, his friends, and our brothers and sisters in Buffalo,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams he said.

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