Uncle says Damar Hamlin is still “fighting” the family is grateful for the support

Uncle says Damar Hamlin is still “fighting” the family is grateful for the support

the family of Damar Hamlin He thanked the public for their support on Tuesday and asked for continued prayers Buffalo Bills security, who remains in hospital in critical condition After going into cardiac arrest on the field in Cincinnati on monday night

“On behalf of our family, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this difficult time. We are deeply touched by the prayers, kind words and donations from fans across the country,” the family said. in a statement released Tuesday morning.

“We also want to acknowledge the dedicated first responders and healthcare professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who provided exceptional care to Damar. We feel very blessed to be a part of the Buffalo Bills organization and have their support. We also want to thank Coach Taylor and the Bengals- ei for all they have done. Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us. Please keep Damar in your prayers. We will post updates as soon as we have them.”

Dorrian Glenn, Hamlin’s uncle, told ESPN’s Coley Harvey outside the hospital Tuesday afternoon that Hamlin is sedated and “improving from where he was yesterday,” adding, “We’re going to continue to pray, and I know he’s in good hands. He’s here the medical team. They have done an incredible job.”

Hamlin’s agent, Ron Butler, told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that Hamlin’s oxygen levels have improved.

Glenn said Hamlin had to be revived twice: once on the field at Paycor Stadium and once in an ambulance. There is also concern about potential lung damage, he said.

“I know he’s still here, I know he’s fighting,” Glenn told ESPN. “We appreciate all the prayers and support we’re getting from everyone, not just the country, but the world… It really means a difference to my family to see that, and I know it means one. The difference to Damar when she sees that.”

Glenn said he was watching the game with relatives in Pittsburgh and described the emotions between family members during what happened Monday night.

“At first, we thought it was just a normal hit, and we thought it popped back up … maybe took a couple of plays and came back,” Glenn said. “But like my nephew [Hamlin’s 7-year-old younger brother, Damir] — I have never heard such screaming and crying. And then when 10 minutes went by, and then 20 minutes went by, I knew something was serious.”

Glenn continued, “When the game was called off, we loaded up two cars and drove from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati to be here to support my nephew.”

They arrived in Cincinnati early Tuesday morning; the city is about 300 kilometers away.

Asked what he saw when he got a chance to see Hamlin in the hospital, Glenn said, “I’m not going to lie, I turned around. I couldn’t do it. I don’t want to see him like that, and I want to wait until he recovers and I can talk to him and you know, see my nephew again.”

Several teams canceled media availability Tuesday out of respect for Hamlin, among other things New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs. The Jacksonville Jaguars after the guard the rest of the utility was suspended Brandon Scherff he spoke

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin made his weekly availability Tuesday and said, “It’s a personal thing for me. Being a Pittsburgher and that young man being a Pittsburgher.

“I’ve known that guy since he was probably about 12 years old,” Tomlin said. “He’s just earned a lot of respect and love as a person. He has a commitment to his goals and dreams of doing what he’s doing now, which is playing in the NFL, and seeing him make personal decisions. And to realize that, it’s just an honor like that. getting to know young people. Every time I saw that, I had the opportunity to express it to him.”

He added that he had reached out to Bills coach Sean McDermott to “give me any help I can.”

Cincinnati Bengals President Mike Brown said in a statement Tuesday morning that the group’s “hearts go out to everyone in this unprecedented time – all we can do is support each other.”

“Last night was supposed to be a great night for the NFL and a great showcase for our hometown. Instead, the human side of our sport became dominant … and in that moment, humanity and love rose to the forefront,” Brown said. in the statement “As the medical staff took extraordinary measures, both teams showed respect and compassion while fans in the stadium and people across the country increased their support for Damar and their love for each other.

“Bengalis appreciate the love and compassion shown by all. Praying for Damar.”

Hamlin, 24, regained his heartbeat on the field for the first time since suffering a cardiac arrest following a concussion during the Bills’ game against the Bengals, which was later postponed. CPR was given to Hamlin after he tackled the Bengals wide receiver who collapsed on the field for many minutes. Tee Higgins. Hamlin received oxygen, according to ESPN’s broadcast, 16 minutes after entering the ambulance and collapsing off the field. He was then taken to the nearby University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Hamlin was selected in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft out of Pittsburgh, with the Bills taking him with the 212nd overall pick.

“Damar Hamlin is so much more than a football player,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said in a statement Tuesday. “He’s a loving son, brother and friend. Damar is a hero to thousands of Pittsburgh kids. Damar, we love you. We’re praying for you. Pittsburgh has always had your back. And now it’s clear the whole country has your back. .”

NFL players and fans rallied in support of Hamlin in Cincinnati and outside the Bills’ home stadium. In Buffalo, the Bills changed their social media avatar to Hamlin’s No. 3 jersey with the words “Pray For Damar.” The league’s other 31 teams quickly followed suit.

The Bills returned home early Tuesday morning as they were greeted by a few fans watching in silence outside the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

“We are vulnerable human beings,” Bills said Dion Dawkins he said on “SportsCenter.” “Our brother is fighting, and we’ve taken off all that armor and we’re just human… We’re joining in with positive vibes and positive spirits and positive prayer… We’re all human and trying to be the best we can be. And in the end, we’re human, and we have families, and we’re cared for and we cry and we’re vulnerable and we have emotions and we feel the same pain that the average person feels.”

The Pro Football Hall of Fame, meanwhile, announced Tuesday that it was delaying the announcement of the 15 finalists for the 2023 modern era by at least 24 hours out of respect for Hamlin. The broadcast has been tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday at 8:00 PM ET. The Hall of Fame and the NFL Network, which will televise the announcement, will meet Wednesday to determine whether to move the news forward or continue to delay it.

ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg and Brooke Pryor and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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