Jan 3, 2023 - Sports

Arizona Cardinals players offer prayers for Damar Hamlin after his cardiac arrest

Candles and a sign that says "pray for Hamlin" and the number three.

A vigil for the Buffalo Bills' Damar Hamlin in Cincinnati. Photo: Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Arizona Cardinals players are sending prayers to Damar Hamlin, the 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety who went into cardiac arrest during Monday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

What happened: Hamlin collapsed on the field during the first quarter after making a tackle.

  • He was given CPR on the field before being taken away in an ambulance.

What they're saying: "The game is not important. Damar Hamlin’s life is important. Please be ok. Please," Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt tweeted Monday night.

  • "Praying for you (Damar) Hamlin. Man s— is scary 🙏🏾🙏🏾 please be Ok," safety Budda Baker tweeted.
  • "Prayers up for Damar Hamlin and his family. This game should've been called, nobody is concerned about football right now…," quarterback Kyler Murray said in a tweet shortly before the NFL suspended the game.

Worth your time: Hamlin has distinguished himself as "a mature, outgoing, well-liked member" of the Bills organization, The Buffalo News writes in this profile of him.

1 heartwarming thing: A GoFundMe page Hamlin set up to raise money for a toy drive in his native Pennsylvania went viral following his injury.

  • People have donated more than $4.4 million. His goal was $2,500.

Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Phoenix.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Phoenix stories

No stories could be found


Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Phoenix.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more