Damar Hamlin injury: NFL players are making huge donations to the Bills Safety charity, which has now raised over $6 million

NFL players and fans showed their support for Damar Hamlin over the past day by donating millions of dollars to a charity he started out of college.

the Invoice security has been taken to hospital in critical condition Monday night after going into cardiac arrest during the first quarter of Buffalo’s game at Cincinnati. The Bills announced early Tuesday that Hamlin’s heartbeat was restored to the field thanks to the quick action of medical staff at Paycor Stadium. The team also announced Tuesday afternoon that Hamlin is in critical condition after spending Monday night in the intensive care unit at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

As players and fans watched helplessly at home, many of them wanted to help and they did so by donating over $6 million to Hamlin’s charity. The 24-year-old started his charity in 2020, having just finished his college career at Pitt.

As of Monday night, Hamlin’s GoFundMe page had less than $3,000 in donations, but after watching what happened on the field in Cincinnati, NFL players and fans sprang into action and donated. millions over the next 18 hours.

As of Wednesday morning, the total donations stood at more than $6 million, with one of the biggest donations coming from Tom Brady, who donated $10,000 to Hamlin’s cause. Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara also donated $10,000, as did AEW wrestler Chris Jericho.

Not to be outdone, Matthew Stafford donated $12,000.

Andy Dalton, George Kittle, Christian McCaffrey, Davante Adams, Shannon Sharpe, Drake London, Marcus Jones, Myles Bryant, Andrew Whitworth, Lawrence Guy, Brian Hoyer, Lloyd Cushenberry, Trey Lance and the McCourty brothers (Devin and Jason) are to other players or former players who donated at least $1,000.

From a team perspective, one of the biggest giveaways came from the Bills’ Week 18 opponent: the New England Patriots. Pats owner Robert Kraft donated $18,003 on behalf of his team while the Houston Texans donated $10,003, the Washington Commanders donated $5,000 and the Seahawks donated 1 $000 to Hamlin Charity.

Several coaches and front office members also donated, including Raiders coach Josh McDaniels, Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale and 49ers general manager John Lynch.

In total, more than 205,000 people donated to the cause.

“As I embark on my journey to the NFL, I will never forget where I come from and I am committed to using my platform to positively impact the community that raised me,” Hamlin wrote. on the GoFundMe page. “I created the Chasing M’s Foundation as a vehicle for me to have that impact, and the first program is the 2020 Community Toy Drive.”

Hamlin has been hosting a toy drive every year since 2020, and he recently shared a video on Instagram from his latest toy drive, which was just a few weeks ago.

GoFundMe even went out of its way to help Hamlin’s charity by featuring her on Twitter Monday night.

Not only fans donated to his charity, but hundreds of fans too showed up to hold the vigil at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where Hamlin is currently being treated.

The Bills’ safety collapsed with just under six minutes left in the first quarter after taking a shoulder to the chest of Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. Medical personnel on the ground administered CPR and used an AED to get his heart beating again.

The game was temporarily suspended just before 9:20 p.m. ET, then the NFL requested a full postponement just after 10 p.m. ET. The NFL has announced that the game will definitely not be played this week, although it has not been officially called off.

Hamlin is in his second year with the Bills and has been on the team since they made him a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Hamlin did not enter the 2022 season in as Buffalo’s starting safety, but he was thrust into the job after Micah Hyde suffered an injury and his performance had been a bright spot for a Bills defense that has been one of the best in the NFL this year.

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