ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Mario Hamlin, father of Bills safety Dumar Hamlin, addressed the entire Buffalo Bills team Wednesday night during a video conference from Cincinnati.He and his wife Nina was at his hospital bedside with his son and wanted to get a message across to the team.
Buffalo coach Sean McDermott told reporters the main points of the press conference the next day.Mario said Damar wanted the team to play.
McDermott and quarterback Josh Allen said at a press conference Thursday afternoon that the message was improving for Dumar Hamlin, who continues to receive treatment after suffering cardiac arrest at Monday’s game. combined with the Bills said it was the lift they needed to encourage them to focus. Their work even though I keep praying and worrying about my teammates and friends.
Hamlin, 24, collapsed after landing what appeared to be a routine tackle on Bengals receiver Tee Higgins during a game broadcast on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”
What followed was a harrowing 10 minutes as medical professionals escorted him on the field and administered CPR. Meanwhile, Bills players knelt around him. On the sidelines, players cried and hugged. When Hamlin was finally picked up in an ambulance and taken to hospital, the broadcaster tried to reveal that there was also a shock in their voices.
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The game was suspended after McDermott consulted with this team, officials and Bengals manager Zach Taylor. The league announced Thursday night that the game would not be completed.
In a videoconference on Wednesday, McDermott said Mario Hamlin’s message encouraged the bill.
“The team needs to refocus on the goals they set for themselves, which Damar would have liked to do,” recalls McDermott. “This week’s game against New England is one of them.”
Allen and McDermott spent about 40 minutes answering questions from the news media, horrifying sights, and this week’s interview to process emotions and prepare for Sunday’s home football game against the New England Patriots. I explained my efforts. It seemed trivial compared to what happened to Hamlin.
“The scene plays over and over in my head,” Allen said. “It’s hard to really explain how I felt or how my teammates felt in that moment.
But to find out that Hamlin was writing his message and holding hands with his loved ones just three days after he nearly died on the field, Allen said:
Allen said he and his teammates are looking forward to reuniting with Hamlin so they can “love him”.
McDermott, who makes the mental health of his players a priority in his coaching style, said impromptu team meetings and counselors were arranged for the players and staff after the Bills returned from Cincinnati.
“Mental health is real,” said McDermott. “The health and well-being of staff and players is the coach’s number one job in this situation.”
Allen said he invited all of his teammates to his home this week, and those who joined him prayed together, spent time together, and talked about Hamlin.
Bills cornerback Dane Jackson, who played alongside Hamlin at the University of Pittsburgh, said the two share a special bond. , spotted each other on the sidelines, hugged each other and said “I love you.”
It was a tradition Jackson thought of often after suffering a horrific neck injury in Week 2 of this season. It stood out, he said. It was from Hamlin.
“He said, ‘I love you, D Jack,'” Jackson said. He’s looking forward to reuniting with his friends so they can share the same message.