In an unprecedented incident in NFL history, Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin, 24, collapsed after a collision in the first quarter of an N.F.L. game between the Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night and was taken in a Cincinnati hospital in critical condition. He suffered a cardiac arrest on the field. The game was postponed. Several N.F.L. teams, including the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks, the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys posted messages on Twitter with prayers for Hamlin. Robert Iger, chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, and Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey also said on Twitter that they were praying for Hamlin.
Hamlin’s family on Tuesday thanked the public for its support and asked for continued prayers. Hamlin was selected in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft out of Pittsburgh, with the Bills taking him with the No. 212 overall pick. “Damar Hamlin is far more than just a football player. He’s a loving son, brother and friend. Damar is a hero to thousands of Pittsburgh kids,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said in a statement Tuesday.