‘Love For Damar’: NFL Teams Pay Respects To Recovering Buffalo Bills Safety
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 8: Elandon Roberts #52 of the Miami Dolphins gives a speech in the team huddle while wearing a shirt in honor of Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills prior to an NFL football game against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium on January 8, 2023 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills made it clear on Sunday that when they took the field to face off against the New England Patriots, they were fighting for every yard with one person on their minds: recovering safety Damar Hamlin.

The Bills began the game by running out of the tunnel carrying flags bearing Hamlin’s name and number three.

Hamlin’s position group huddled before the game for a prayer, and they could be heard saying, “We feel him with us!”

And to start off the game, Nyheim Hines returned the kick-off with a 96-yard touchdown.

The Bills pulled out a win against New England, 35-23, and once again declared the victory was all for Hamlin.

But in the wake of a terrifying on-field incident — at last Monday’s game against Cincinnati, Hamlin had suffered a cardiac arrest during the game — it wasn’t just the Bills who were thinking of the popular safety as the games continued this weekend.

On Saturday, a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans began with a pregame prayer for Hamlin.

Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd — a friend of Hamlin’s — warmed up for his own game on Sunday wearing a Hamlin jersey. According to NFL reporter Bridget Condon, Cam Taylor-Britt did the same — and other team members were wearing “Love for Damar” shirts.

Baltimore Ravens safety walked into Paycor Stadium for his Sunday game wearing a Hamlin Jersey as well.

UC Health paramedics prepped for Sunday’s game by offering a pre-game prayer from the spot where Hamlin had collapsed on Monday.

Indianapolis Colts safety Rodney Thomas — who went to the same high school as Hamlin in Pittsburgh — intercepted a pass during Sunday’s game against Houston, and he paid his respects to Hamlin in his own way. Once the play was over, he walked to the thirty-yard line — where, as on many fields across the NFL, the white number three had been outlined in Buffalo Bills red. He and several of his teammates gathered around the three, some taking a knee on the field, and he held up his hands in the shape of a heart.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders, who is one of Hamlin’s best friends, quietly knelt on the field to pray for his friend before beginning his warm-ups on Sunday.

Hamlin was not the only one who players and fans honored on Sunday. After scoring a touchdown for the Bills, wide receiver John Brown delivered the ball to trainer Denny Kellington — whose quick thinking in providing CPR to Hamlin on the field is credited with saving his life.

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