Damar Hamlin: Outpour of Support from Fans & Community Following January 2 Injury

Hamlin poses from his hospital bed surrounded by families, displaying a heart sign in solidarity for the next Bills game after injury.

Samantha T., Staff Writer

On January 2 the Bills faced the Bengals in Cincinnati, where Bills safety Damar Hamlin fell unconscious after a rough hit.

That Monday night, the Bills faced the Bengals in Cincinnati where during the first quarter Bills safety Damar Hamlin fell over. After making a tackle Hamlin stood up and all of a sudden fell back over, resulting in Bills trainers to come over and start doing CPR. Hamlin was rushed to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and soon after, the game was canceled.

Everyone was sending their love to the Bills, Hamlin, and Hamlin’s family. Teammate Dawson Knox tweeted “Prayer is real, and it’s powerful. Constantly praying for Damar and his family.”

Shortly after the injury, fans could see the team was devastated. There were dozens of videos panning between some players showcasing the worriedness all over their faces. Some were crying, some were praying, and others pacing obviously too anxious to sit. No one at that time knew what was going on.

The training & medical staff reacted very quickly, by starting CPR the second they got over to Hamlin. The NFL soon canceled the game after Damar was carried off the field.

The following week players and staff all around the NFL were wearing #3 shirts in support of Hamlin, because his jersey number is #3. The Bills players also had #3 patches on their jerseys in support of Hamlin. People have donated over 5 million dollars to his charity, Hamlin’s Chasing M’s Foundation Community Toy Drive.

After waking up on January 4, Hamlin asked “did we win”, and the doctors told him “the answer is yes, Damar, you won. You’ve won the game of life.” Hamlin posted that night “We brung the world back together behind this. If you know me you know this only gone make me stronger. On a long road keep praying for me!” The next day Hamlin took to twitter posting “No matter race or religion everybody coming together in prayer!”

In the days following, new information surfaced that Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on the field that night. On January 9, Hamlin returned to Buffalo from Cincinnati, staying at a hospital in Buffalo for two days until he was released. He has since returned to the Bills facility and seen his teammates. In the January 22 game against the Bengals in Buffalo, Hamlin was there in a box watching the game. Hamlin did not return for the rest of the season, but the Bills ended up losing to the Bengals in the divisional round that same night. As of right now, Hamlin has a few more doctor visits before determining whether or not he can return to playing football for the 2023-2024 season.