‘Damar, We love you’: Pitt basketball team honors alum Damar Hamlin after he suffers cardiac arrest against Bengals, while Buffalo Sabers players wear shirts for him
- Damar Hamlin was honored by his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh
- The basketball team put a message on the screen during a timeout Tuesday
- And Buffalo Sabers players also wore shirts in support of the 24-year-old player
- Hamlin’s uncle said his nephew is ‘trending upwards’ in his recovery process
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Damar Hamlin was honored by his alma mater and the Buffalo Sabers on Tuesday night just one day after he suffered cardiac arrest against the Bengals.
As the Pitt basketball team faced Virginia, the school revealed a touching message on the screen during a timeout 9:03 into the contest.
‘Damar, we love you,’ it read.
Pitt basketball honored Damar Hamlin with a touching message Tuesday night
‘We are praying for you. Pittsburgh always has your back. And now, it’s obvious that the whole country is behind you too.’
Pitt players also wore shirts that read ‘Chasing Millions’, the name of Hamlin’s charity that serves the local Pittsburgh community.
And the Buffalo Sabers followed suit by wearing shirts to honor Hamlin, as players wore tees with ‘Love for 3’ as they walked into Capital One Arena to face the Capitals.
Sabers players wear ‘Love for 3’ shirts before they face the Capitals in Washington
The Sabers beat the Capitals 5-4 in overtime for their 19th win of the season in 36 games
The Sabers and Bills share the same owners, Terry and Kim Pegula, and are considered part of the same organization.
Although it was a Buffalo road game, the Capitals paid tribute to Hamlin in a moment of support before the national anthem.
The Sabers said neither players nor coach Don Granato would speak to reporters Tuesday because they were still processing Hamlin’s situation.
In Pittsburgh, fans gave a standing ovation as the aforementioned message was shown on the screen.
Hamlin grew up in Pittsburgh and previously explained his reasoning for staying close to home in college.
‘I have a baby brother [Damir Hamlin]he’s six years old now and that’s probably the biggest reason why I chose Pitt,’ he told News 4 Buffalo after he was drafted by the Bills two years ago.
‘I stay close to my family and then have my younger brother around so I can be a role model for him and just show him examples of life that I haven’t had,’ Hamlin said.
Hamlin’s uncle Dorrian Glenn told CNN on Tuesday that his nephew had to be resuscitated twice in the field after collapsing, but is now ‘trending upwards’ as he remains in critical condition.