Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson said something was wrong after seeing Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals players in tears on the sidelines Monday night as medical personnel attended Dumar Hamlin. I noticed something was wrong.
Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest during the game and had to be resuscitated on the field at Peycoe Stadium before being taken to hospital. Medical personnel tended to him for nine minutes before putting him in the back of an ambulance and taking him to the hospital.
In a recent interview with Fox News Digital, Dickerson said he realized something was wrong when an athlete started crying because athletes in sports weren’t programmed to show such emotions.
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“In professional football, I can’t talk about any other sport I talk about, so you’re kind of desensitized.” Because I knew something was really, really wrong.Something really bad was going on because football players don’t cry.It won’t happen.It won’t happen unless you get excited to crack. After that, something like that happens and you start to feel amazing emotions, but we are not a program to show those emotions.
The NFL has yet to decide how it will handle the remainder of Week 17 between the Bengals and the Bills. He said he would play the game.
“It’s a meaningful game,” Dickerson said of the Bills-Bengals matchup. “But in a way this game means nothing because when we talk about this young man we hope he makes a full recovery. Will he play football again? Probably not. I don’t think so.
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“I mean, think about it. He’s probably spent his whole life wanting to play in the National Football League. It’s hard to do. It’s very hard. He’s in the sixth round of the draft. Getting into the NFL in the draft picking round?
Dickerson hoped the NFL would get Hamlin right and provide him with the health care he needed as he got through the most difficult part of his journey.
“I think they do because there is so much focus on this. He is not a vested player. I think a vested player has three years. If you have health care, you are a voter and you retain that right for five years after you retire.
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“I mean, think about it. What will happen in five years? It’s crazy. It wouldn’t be terrible if he retired at 35 or 30. He got hurt like that, so he’s doing the right thing.” But to show what I’ve been saying for years, NFL players need healthcare, and retrying and current players need real healthcare for the rest of their lives. need.
The NFL has benefits for non-entitled active players, including player insurance plans, 401(K) savings plans, and disability plans. Non-vested ex-players have work and life resources, tuition assistance, retirement plans, and 401(K) savings plans. Vested players, however, benefit from more than that.
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Bills said Wednesday that Hamlin is still in the ICU and in critical condition “showing signs of improvement yesterday and overnight.”