The world of NFL and beyond sent out prayers and well wishes to Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills after he collapsed on the field playing against the Cincinnati Benglas on Monday night.
Hamlin was in a critical condition after needing to receive CPR and oxygen, collapsing after he made a tackle during the first quarter. He stood up and appeared to try and adjust his helmet for a moment before falling back and laying motionless on the ground.
The NFL postponed the game but as the shocking scenes unfolded, stars of the sport took to social media praying for good news about the 24-year-old.
‘Praying Hard… please be ok man,’ tweeted Patrick Mahomes, the star quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs.
‘God be 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 ask that he have a speedy recovery mentally & physically God; in Jesus name… 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 need every prayer we can give him,’ said Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen, Hamlin’s teammate, also tweeted out ‘please pray for out brother’ after the game was suspended.
Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt said: ‘The game is not important. Damar Hamlin’s life is important. Please be ok. Please.’
Watt himself is retiring from the NFL at the end of the season, revealing in October that last September he had to have his heart shocked in rhythm.
Teammate Stefon Diggs later joined Hamlin at the hospital. About 100 Bills fans and a few Bengals fans gathered on a corner one block from the emergency room entrance with some of them holding candles.
Cincinatti Bengals reciecer Tee Higgins, who Hamler tackled on the play tweeted out
‘ My prayers and thoughts go out to @HamlinIslandthe Hamlin Family. I’m praying that you pull through bro. Love’
Outside of the NFL Cleveland Cavilers star Donovan Mitchell offered his well wishes to Hamlin following a historic 71 point game. ‘ Prayers up for the Bills safety man. I had heard about it… We’re praying for him all of us in the locker room… From the Caviler organization we wish the best, and we’re praying everything goes well.
LeBron James also took to twitter to retweet a video of Hamlin hugging his family before a game saying ‘Praying for you kid!!!’
Supporters pray for #Bills #damarhamilin outside of UC Medical Center @Enquirer pic.twitter.com/bTeVHegq9b
— Cara Owsley (@caraphoto23) January 3, 2023
Donovan Mitchell took time to show support for Bills DB Damar Hamlin after scoring a Cavs-record 71 points ❤️ pic.twitter.com/BNXzMkDhlc
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 3, 2023
Praying for you kid!!!🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/cC3ZsnpsjR
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 3, 2023
Hamlin started a toy drive back in December 2020 to purchase toys for children ahead of the holidays.
An hour after Hamlin was hurt, it had received donations totaling over $1million.
‘I’m praying for you and your family! Praying hard for a miracle! You have to come back and do bigger things! You aren’t done yet!!’ wrote one fan, who donated $150.
Another said: ‘Sending love and prayers from a Seahawks fan. We’re all a part of Bills nation tonight.’