MIAMI, FL —— Video highlights which captured Monday night’s game between the Bills and Cincinnati Bengals and the moment Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field after making a routine play. Read more: Support pouring in for Hamlin; Fundraiser tops $3m in donations
The video of the incident captured the heart-wrenching moment as Hamlin fell backward, with some players watching in shock and others calling for medical attention.
Watch the video of Hamlin collapsing
Not captured in the video frame, but reported by witnesses, was the fact that Hamlin clutched his chest as he collapsed, leading players to scream and shout for medical help. Hamlin received immediate attention, including CPR and oxygen, before being taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in an ambulance.
His mother, who was in the stands, accompanied him to the hospital, where he was later joined by his teammate Stefon Diggs.
The emotional incident understandably shook up the players, with some crying and kneeling on the field in prayer. The well-being and recovery of Hamlin is of course the top priority, and it’s clear from the reaction of his teammates and coaches that he is a respected and beloved member of the team.
Football is a physically demanding and often brutal sport. While it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and drama of the game, it’s important to remember that these players are human beings with families and loved ones.
Injuries are always a risk, and seeing a player go down can be a reminder of the human cost of the sport we love.
Our thoughts are with Demar Hamlin and his family as he recovers. We hope to see him back on the field soon, but more importantly, we hope to see him healthy and well.
It’s a scary and uncertain time for him and his loved ones, but we are grateful for the quick action of the medical staff and hope for a full and speedy recovery.