PHOTO: Niagara Falls joins NFL teams in honoring Damar Hamlin as iconic landmark lights up blue in support of Buffalo Bills safety… while stadiums across the country also pay tribute as the player remains in the ICU
- More than a third of all 32 NFL teams (10) showed signs of support for Hamlin
- Among them are the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins
- Mayor Byron Brown lit up Buffalo’s City Hall in Bill colors on Tuesday
- All NFL teams changed their Twitter avatars to a graphic with Hamlin’s jersey No.
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Niagara Falls joined more than a third of all 32 NFL teams in honoring Damar Hamlin, as the iconic landmark was lit up blue in support of the Bills’ safety, while stadiums across the US also paid tribute to player, which remains intensive. care on Wednesday night.
Among the arenas that flashed the red-and-blue uniform colors of the Bills on Tuesday night were: The San Francisco 49ers’ Levi Stadium; the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium; the Denver Broncos’ Empower Field at Mile High; the Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium; the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium; the Seattle Seahawks’ Lumen Field; the Jacksonville Jaguars’ TIAA Bank Field; and the New Orleans Saints’ Caesars Superdome.
The Cincinnati Bengals also lit up Paycor Stadium, where Hamlin collapsed in the opening quarter of Monday Night Football, wearing blue in support of the 2021 NFL Draft sixth round pick.
The Las Vegas Raiders showed solidarity by displaying the No. 3 Hamlin jersey above the entrance to its arena – Allegiant Stadium.
Niagara Falls lit up blue Tuesday night in support of Hamlin and the Buffalo Bills
Hamlin remains in the hospital for intensive care after suffering cardiac arrest on Monday
The Cincinnati Bengals’ Paycor Stadium, where Hamlin collapsed, glowed blue Tuesday
Mayor Bryon Brown displayed the Bill’s red and blue colors at Buffalo’s City Hall on Tuesday
The San Francisco 49ers’ Levi Stadium displayed Damar Hamlin’s jersey number on its billboards
The Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium was lit up in Bills red and blue Tuesday
Hard Rock Stadium in Miami – home of the Dolphins – also glowed in red and blue, Tuesday
The Great Lakes region of upstate New York, of which the city of Buffalo is a part, also rallied for the team on both sides of the New York-Ontario border. The Ontario-based Niagara Parks commission lights Niagara Falls blue in Hamlin’s honor.
‘Our collective thoughts are with him, his family, his team and the City of Buffalo,’ the commission wrote.’
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced Tuesday that the City Hall dome will be lit in red and blue ‘to signify our collective prayers for Damar Hamlin, his family, the Bills organization and his complete recovery.’
The city’s only professional sports team – the Buffalo Sabers – had their players arrive before their overtime win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday wearing shirts emblazoned with ‘LOVE FOR 3,’ the Hamlin’s jersey number.
‘There’s an emotional connection to the city from our team,’ said general manager Kevyn Adams after the game.
Mary Friona-Celani, who founded the Totally Buffalo website and stores to celebrate the region, said she has been inundated with requests for a No. 3 T-shirts from fans who want to show support.
‘Sport is our relief from politics and tragedy and death and destruction so we turn to it. And when it does, it’s a sucker punch,’ he told The Associated Press. ‘And then to see big, strong men crying and so heartbroken, how can you not be affected by that?’
A snowy Empower Field at Mile High – home of the Denver Broncos – also paid tribute to Hamlin
The Las Vegas Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium chose to display Hamlin’s jersey number in Bills colors
Caesar’s Superdome in New Orleans – home of the Saints – was also lit up in Bills colors
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ TIAA Bank Field has portions of its roof covered in red and blue
In another sign of support for Hamlin, each NFL team changed its Twitter avatar to a custom-made graphic with the No. 3 safety jerseys with the words: ‘PRAY FOR DAMAR.’
The NFL’s official Twitter account also shared footage of all 32 teams embracing in unity, with the caption: ‘Football is family.’
The league also announced that the suspended Bills-Bengals game ‘will not be resumed this week’ and it has no clarification ‘regarding the possible resumption of the game at a later date.’
As of Wednesday, Hamlin remains in intensive care at a hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, although he is slowly showing signs of recovery.
Buffalo Sabers players came to DC wearing shirts in support of Hamlin on Tuesday e
Sabers players wear ‘Love for 3’ shirts before they face the Capitals in Washington