An NFL player is listed in critical condition, and athletes, pastors, and fans have been united in prayer after a scary incident broadcast on Monday evening to millions of people on live television.
The Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals were barely into the Monday Night Football match-up when the Bill's Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field. There were "just over six minutes left in the first quarter when Hamlin tackled Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins after a 13-yard catch," NFL.com reports. "Hamlin got to his feet, then collapsed backward."
An ambulance was called onto the field and medical staff began CPR on Hamlin. Several players could be seen distraught, walking away and crying.
In an update early Tuesday morning the Bills organization says that Hamlin "suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition."
The game was initially suspended and then ultimately postponed. There has been no word at this time on when it might resume, and the NFL has just one week left in the regular season.
Praying to "the Most High"
Hamlin quickly became a trending topic on social media, and many of the posts included prayers. But it wasn't just on Twitter that people were praying.
Players on the field quickly gathered in prayer, with the entire Bills organization huddling together as the ambulance left the field to transport Hamlin to hospital.
The Bills just did a team prayer as the ambulance left the field pic.twitter.com/wqNDyYWoW5— Kelsey Conway (@KelseyLConway) January 3, 2023
On Twitter, the New York Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner wrote, "Father God, I pray that Damar Hamlin is okay and here with us. I also ask that he have a speedy recovery mentally & physically God; in Jesus name… Amen."
Father God, I pray that Damar Hamlin is okay and here with us. I also ask that he have a speedy recovery mentally & physically God; in Jesus name… Amen🙏🏾— SAUCE (@iamSauceGardner) January 3, 2023
Fans of the opposing teams gathered outside the hospital where Hamlin was taken. They gathered together in prayer and vigil outside of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
On Twitter, others joined in prayer. "Praying and asking The Most High to cover this young man and provide whatever is necessary for his health and well being," user @dreflow18 wrote.
@Shekeliabussey wrote "Uplifting this young man in fervent prayer....GOD can do the impossible!!!"