When Buffalo Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin shockingly went into cardiac arrest and needed life-saving CPR on the field and an emergency ambulance transport to a nearby hospital during the first quarter of Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, players from both teams were cleary affected by the terrifying scene. And now, players from both teams are offering their support for Hamlin.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow had a very class response in the immediate aftermath, Cincinnati wide receiver Tee Higgins sent a thoughtful message to Hamlin, and now Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd is sharing his support in a very unique way.
I was told a Damar Hamlin jersey is being delivered to Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd and the Bengals practice facility this morning for Boyd to wear.
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 6, 2023
“I was told a Damar Hamlin jersey is being delivered to Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd and the Bengals practice facility this morning for Boyd to wear,” Tom VanHaaren of ESPN said in a Tweet.
It’s worth noting that Boyd likely feels a strong connection to Damar Hamlin as the two both played for the Pitt Panthers during their college careers, even though their time at Pitt did not overlap. Boyd played for Pitt from 2013 to 2015 before he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the NFL Draft. Hamlin, meanwhile, played for Pitt from 2016 to 2020 when he was drafted by the Bills in the sixth round.
It’s certainly a touching show of support.