Hamlin’s Injury Transcends Sports and Proves What’s More Important
Last night is something that nobody will ever forget.
At the six-minute mark of last night's Monday Night Football game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals, Bills' safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field after tackling Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins.
It was quickly realized by both teams and medial staffs that Hamlin's injury was incredibly serious. He was administered CPR on the field and taken by ambulance to Cincinnati's UC Medical Center, which is a short drive from Paycor Stadium.
The game was temporarily postponed then it was permanently suspended, in light of Hamlin's injury.
The Bills released a statement early on Tuesday morning, which stated that Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the field but his heartbeat was brought back on the field. He was sedated and remains in critical condition.
Bills players were visibly upset and emotional while Hamlin was being attended to. Tre'Davious White and Siran Neal were brought to tears. Many players were emotional on both sides, as Bengals players were on the field and had to witness what had happened.
There is no word on when or if the game will be played.
Hamlin's injury did not just affect the Bills and Bengals. It did not just affect Bills fans or the City of Buffalo and Cincinnati. It impacted the sports world and beyond the sports world.
I've never seen social media timelines filled with support for a pro sports injury; not just from NFL players or analysts, but from all walks of,life. People I follow or are friends with, who never post about sports, showed their love and support for Hamlin and his family.
It's surreal. All we were talking about before this game and when it first kicked off was the standings and how important this game was to both teams. In the blink of an eye, all of that importance on the game and the standings went out the window.
Bills and Bengals fans held a vigil outside of UC Medical Center late on Monday night and supported one another.
The only thing that mattered was Hamlin's health and whether or not he was going to pull through.
The Bills, Bengals and league made the right call in not playing the game.
We hopefully will get a positive update on Hamlin soon and he can make a full recovery. This is much bigger than football.