‘God be with D Hamlin right now’: NFL stars Odell Beckham and Patrick Mahomes lead well wishes for Damar Hamlin after he collapsed on the field and was rushed to the hospital playing for the Bills against the Bengals
The NFL world and beyond sent prayers and congratulations to Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills after he collapsed on the field playing against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.
Hamlin was in critical condition after requiring CPR and oxygen, collapsing after making a tackle in the first quarter. He stood up and appeared to try to fix his helmet for a moment before collapsing motionless to the ground.
The NFL postponed the game but as the shocking scenes unfolded, sports stars took to social media praying for good news about the 24-year-old.
Damar Hamlin was taken off the field in an ambulance after collapsing against the Buffalo Bills
Bills players panicked as medical officials attended to Hamlin before placing him in an ambulance
‘Praying Hard… please be ok man,’ tweeted Patrick Mahomes, the star quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs.
‘God is with D Hamlin right now!!’ said Odell Beckham, a Super Bowl winner in 2022.
‘Father God, I pray that Damar Hamlin is okay and here with us. I also pray for God’s speedy mental and physical recovery for him; in the name of Jesus… Amen,’ said Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner, a cornerback for the New York Jets.
‘Praying for Damar Hamlin and his family’ said New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones.
‘Hamlin needs every prayer we can give him,’ Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney said.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen, Hamlin’s teammate, also tweeted ‘please pray for out brother’ after the game was suspended.
Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt said: ‘The game doesn’t matter. Damar Hamlin’s life matters. Please be ok. Please.’
Watt himself will retire from the NFL at the end of the season, announcing in October that in September he had to have his heart shocked out of rhythm.
Teammate Stefon Diggs joined Hamlin at the hospital. About 100 Bills fans and a few Bengals fans gathered on a corner a block from the emergency room entrance where some of them held candles.
Cincinatti Bengals receiver Tee Higgins, who Hamler mentioned in the play, tweeted
‘ My prayers and thoughts go out to @HamlinIslandthe Hamlin Family. I’m praying that you get through bro. love’
Outside NFL Cleveland Cavilers star Donovan Mitchell offered his best wishes to Hamlin following a historic 71 point game. ‘ Prayer for the safety of the Bills. I had heard about it… We are all praying for him in the locker room… From the Caviler organization we wish the best, and we’re praying everything goes well.
LeBron James also retweeted on twitter a video of Hamlin hugging his family before a game saying ‘Praying for you kid!!!’
Hamlin started a toy drive in December 2020 to buy toys for children before the holidays.
An hour after Hamlin was injured, he received donations of more than $1 million.
‘I am praying for you and your family! Praying hard for a miracle! You have to go back and do bigger things! you’re not done yet!!’ wrote one fan, who donated $150.
Another said: ‘Sending love and prayers from a Seahawks fan. We are all part of Bills nation tonight.’