The Buffalo Bills’ performance in their first game following their teammate, safety Damar Hamlin, was transported to the hospital after experiencing cardiac arrest during their Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals was one of the major stories all throughout Sunday afternoon.
An emotional day that saw affection felt from Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, back to the hospital where Hamlin is living in Cincinnati, was capped off with the Bills’ victory over the New England Patriots.
Following Buffalo’s triumph, Damar Hamlin made an announcement on Twitter and released t-shirts bearing the first words he said after being allowed to communicate with his doctors:
We all won .
I want to give back an ounce of the love y’all showed me. Proceeds of this shirt will go to first-responders and the UC Trauma Center.
— ????? ?????? (@HamlinIsland) January 8, 2023
The emotions have been all over the place since what happened on Monday night. We went from being shocked and saddened by the fact that Hamlin needed CPR to be revived to waiting impatiently for positive word regarding his condition, which is still serious.
We received updates from Hamlin’s family on Tuesday and Wednesday stating that he was doing well, but we were still looking for a surefire indication that he would survive and go on to live a normal life.
When the doctors announced on Thursday that Hamlin is neurologically sound, the second-year pro from Pittsburgh immediately inquired as to whether or not his team had won.
After things appeared hopeless a few days prior, the message provided the other Bills players—as well as the rest of us—with a significant boost.
In response to Hamlin’s query, sure, your team also triumphed in the hearts of millions of people.