Patrick Mahomes admits Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest ‘sent shivers’ through his body as he talks about watching the terrifying moment on TV – and believes it is understood that NFL players are people ‘more even now’
NFL superstar and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes revealed he was shocked by Damar Hamlin’s collapse on Monday, admitting the Bills’ cardiac arrest ‘sent shivers’ through his body.
Speaking to reporters before Kansas City’s final game of the regular season Saturday against the Las Vegas Raiders, Mahomes was in a reflective mood, before Hamlin’s teammate Kaiir Elam revealed that the 24-year- old is ‘awake and showing signs of improvement’ at a hospital in Cincinnati in Ohio.
‘To put things into perspective, we go out there every week and I wouldn’t say we take it for granted but you go out there and you play a game you love and you just enjoy it,’ said 27 years.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes revealed he prayed for Damar Hamlin after his fall on Monday
Hamlin has been making ‘remarkable improvement’ in his recovery since Wednesday, doctors said
‘You don’t think about things like that happening and whenever something like this happens, I think it affects everyone.’
Before coming out of Buffalo earlier Thursday stating that Hamlin had made ‘awesome improvement’ in his recovery over the past 24 hours, Mahomes revealed that he is focused on the Bills-Bengals game on Monday Night Football when the scary moment happened.
‘It sent shivers through my body watching it and all I did was sit there and pray for him because that’s all you can do when you feel like you can’t help,’ said the one-time Super Bowl champion.
Hamlin went down moments later after a tackle, falling backwards and motionless to the floor
Mahomes hopes Hamlin’s downfall will shine a light on how NFL players are human, not just players
‘And like I said, I’m watching the updates like everyone else and I’m trying to make sure that Damar is healthy and that he can come back.
‘Cause at the end of the day, we’re human. We’re not just players and I think everyone understands that better now.’
Hamlin got up briefly after the play before appearing shaken and collapsing to the turf.
He was given CPR on the field and taken in an ambulance to the hospital a short time later, where the team said he was in critical condition later that night.
Hamlin remains seriously ill but the Bills team also gave encouraging news Thursday morning along with Elam.
‘According to the physicians caring for Damar Hamlin at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Damar has shown remarkable improvement in the past 24 hours. While seriously ill, he demonstrated that he appeared to be neurologically intact. His lungs continue to heal and he is making steady progress,’ the statement read.
Hamlin is under sedation, but according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoportrecently started holding the hands of loved ones in the hospital.