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Damar Hamlin
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Hamlin with the Pittsburgh Panthers in 2019
No. 3 – Buffalo Bills
Position:Safety
Personal information
Born: (1998-03-24) March 24, 1998 (age 26)
McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Pittsburgh Central Catholic
College:Pittsburgh (2016–2020)
NFL draft:2021 / Round: 6 / Pick: 212
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2022
Total tackles:93
Sacks:1.5
Pass deflections:4
Forced fumbles:1
Player stats at PFR

Damar Romeyelle Hamlin[1] (born March 24, 1998) is an American football safety for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh and was selected by the Bills in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

On January 2, 2023, during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Hamlin collapsed on the field and went into cardiac arrest after delivering a tackle.[2] CPR was administered to him before being rushed to the hospital.[3]

Early life and education

Hamlin was raised in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. He attended Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[4] He was named first-team All-State and the Class AAAA Defensive Player of the Year.[5]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Damar Hamlin
Safety
McKees Rocks, PA Central Catholic High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.60 Feb 2, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN grade: 83
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

College career

Hamlin was considered a top cornerback coming out of Central Catholic. He was a four star recruit and was recruited by multiple major college football programs including Pittsburgh, Penn State, Ohio State and Temple.[6][7] He enrolled at Pitt to play college football for the Panthers. He played in three games as a freshman before suffering an injury and redshirting.[8] As a redshirt freshman, he recorded 41 tackles with one interception in nine games played.[9] Hamlin led the Panthers with 76 tackles and two interceptions as a redshirt sophomore and was named honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). He had 84 tackles with ten passes broken up as a redshirt junior.[10] He was named a team captain going into his final season and was named second-team All-ACC after leading the team with 66 tackles and seven passes broken up.[11][12]

College statistics

Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Cmb TfL Sck PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR TD
2016 Pittsburgh 4 4 8 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 Pittsburgh 30 11 41 1.0 0.0 0 1 5 5.0 5 0 0 0 0
2018 Pittsburgh 53 23 76 3.0 0.0 4 2 79 39.5 79 0 0 1 0
2019 Pittsburgh 60 24 84 2.5 0.0 10 1 14 14.0 14 0 0 0 0
2020 Pittsburgh 38 28 66 3.5 0.0 7 2 4 2.0 4 0 0 0 0
Career 185 90 275 10.0 0.0 21 6 102 17.0 79 0 0 1 0

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 0+78 in
(1.85 m)
200 lb
(91 kg)
32+14 in
(0.82 m)
8+78 in
(0.23 m)
4.60 s 1.46 s 2.69 s 4.40 s 6.93 s 35.0 in
(0.89 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
18 reps
All values from Pro Day[13][14]

The Buffalo Bills selected Hamlin in the sixth round with the 212th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.[15] He signed his four-year rookie contract with Buffalo on May 21, 2021.[16] After playing a reserve role his rookie season, Hamlin became one of the Bills' starting safeties in 2022 after Micah Hyde suffered a season-ending neck injury in Week 2.[17] Against the New York Jets in Week 9, Hamlin led the team with 12 tackles and a sack in the 20–17 loss.[18]

In-game collapse

Damar Hamlin is removed from Paycor Stadium in an ambulance. The Buffalo Bills, in white, kneel in prayer at the bottom left of the image.

On January 2, 2023, during a Week 17 NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football, Hamlin collapsed after tackling wide receiver Tee Higgins. Higgins led with his right shoulder, which hit Hamlin in the chest. Hamlin then wrapped his arms around Higgins’ shoulders and helmet to drag him down.[19] Sources described the tackle as seemingly routine[20] while noting the jarring nature of the contact.[21][22] Following the play, Hamlin stood up momentarily before collapsing on his back.[21][22][23]

As Hamlin remained motionless, team trainers and paramedics were at his side and assisting him within 10 seconds.[24] First responders initiated CPR and administered defibrillation to Hamlin on the field for 10 minutes.[25][26] An ambulance was brought onto the field four minutes after his collapse.[19] Hamlin was eventually administered oxygen and an intravenous solution (IV).[25] He was then placed on a stretcher as most of the players from both teams came off the sidelines to kneel or stand around Hamlin. After being transported by ambulance, accompanied by his mother, to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center at roughly 9:25 p.m. EST,[27] he was reported to be in critical condition[28] and was intubated. Later at 1:48 a.m. local time,[29] the Bills reported that Hamlin had initially suffered cardiac arrest and his heartbeat was restored on-field.[2]

In accordance with the NFL's emergency-situation rules,[30] the game was suspended with 5:58 remaining in the first quarter. A warmup period for five minutes to resume play was reported separately by ESPN and Westwood One,[31] though the game remained suspended and the NFL later denied the reports.[32] The game was postponed shortly after 10 p.m., just over one hour after Hamlin collapsed.[33][34][35] The NFL released a statement the following day that the game would not be resumed that week.[36]

Reactions

Following the collapse, numerous NFL players and teams quickly offered their support and prayers on social media.[37] The following day, all 32 NFL teams changed their profile pictures on Twitter to a picture of Hamlin's jersey and text that reads "Pray For Damar".[38][39] Tee Higgins offered his condolences to Hamlin's family, as did Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen urging people to "Please pray for our brother."[40]

Fans began gathering outside the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center following his collapse. Hours after the incident, the lights on Paycor Stadium, the location of the game, were lit blue in honor of Hamlin[41] along with the lights on Fifth Third Bank's headquarters on Fountain Square.[42] It was announced that Niagara Falls would be illuminated in blue on the evening of January 3 in support of Hamlin.[43]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast TfL Sck PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR TD
2021 BUF 14 0 2 2 0 0 0.0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2022 BUF 15 13 91 63 28 6 1.5 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0
Career 29 13 93 65 28 6 1.5 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0

Playoffs

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast TfL Sck PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR TD
2021 BUF 2 0 1 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 2 0 1 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0

Personal life

In 2020, Hamlin started organizing annual Christmas toy drives in his hometown of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.[44][45] Shortly after his 2023 in-game collapse, the GoFundMe campaign for his 2020 toy drive, which had an initial goal of $2,500, started receiving a massive influx of donors, raising over $4 million in donations in a matter of hours.[46][47]

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