Monday night’s NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals was halted after a Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field. Midway through the first quarter, Damar, 24, tackled a Bengals wide receiver Tee Higginsbut upon rising from the impact, he fell to the ground unconscious, as reported by ESPN.
Bills safety Damar Hamlin stayed on the field after a scary hit.
According to the broadcast, medical personnel administered CPR. pic.twitter.com/JKCWmfzaLT
— ESPN (@espn) January 3, 2023
Medical personnel rushed to the field and performed CPR on him, before giving him oxygen and taking him to the hospital. Play was temporarily suspended at 9:18 pm before league play was officially postponed at 10:01 pm EST. Not long after, the NFL revealed that he was in “critical condition” on a statement.
While we wait to learn more about the professional football player’s health, here are five things to know about Damar Hamlin.
1. He collapsed after a big block
Damar fell after losing wide receiver Tee Higgins at 8:55 in the evening, with 5:38 left in the first quarter. Although he seemed fine at first, he collapsed on the lawn unconscious.
He was on the field for more than 9 minutes, during which time he was given CPR and oxygen. About 16 minutes after the injury, he was taken to the level 1 trauma center at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center at 9:25 p.m., per ESPN.
The league released a statement about an hour after the incident. It said, “Hamlin received immediate medical attention by the team’s field and independent medical staff and local paramedics. He was immediately transported to a local hospital where he is in critical condition.
“Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills. We will provide more information as it becomes available. The NFL has been in constant communication with the NFL Players Association who agreed to postpone the game.
2. His team and family support him
After the incident, his family, who were in the crowd watching, came down from the stands to join him on the field, according to ABC. He was also surrounded by his teammates as he was tended to. After some time with the medical personnel, Damar’s mother accompanied him to the hospital in an ambulance.
After his collapse, Bills coach Sean McDermottquarterback Josh Allen and wide receiver Stefon Diggs like crying while they wait for updates. The team gathered on the field, and they were prepared for a moment to resume the game before the coaches decided to officially suspend the game. The players then clear the field.
At that time, the Bengals won 7 to 3. This was the second to last game of regular season play for the two teams who had already made the playoffs.
3. He is in his second year of pro football
Damar was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, placing him 212th overall. He signed his four-year rookie contract with Buffalo on May 21, 2021.
After playing a reserve role in his rookie season, Damar became one of the Bills’ starting safeties following Micah Hyde’s season-ending neck injury in week 2. This season he played 16 games. game, recorded 91 tackles, and 1.5 sacks.
4. He grew up playing in Pennsylvania
Damar grew up in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, and attended Pittsburgh Central Catholic. During his high school career, he was named first-team All-State and the Class AAAA Defensive Player of the Year.
He went on to play for the University of Pittsburgh, where as a late debuting freshman player he recorded 41 tackles with one interception in nine games played. After three solid years of playing, he was named a team captain heading into his final season.
5. He founded his own charity
After being drafted, Damar focused on how he helped his community. In his first season, he founded the Chasing M’s Foundation.
On a GoFundMe for the project, it was reported ABC 7he wrote, “As I begin my journey to the NFL, I will never forget where I came from and I am committed to using my platform to positively impact the community that raised me. I created The Chasing M’s Foundation as a vehicle that will allow me to provide that impact.The foundation’s inaugural project was a holiday toy drive that raised $390k.