Original post of CBS NFL/John Breech
NFL players and fans alike have been showing their support for Damar Hamlin over the past day by donating millions of dollars to a charity that he created coming out of college.
The Bills safety was taken to the hospital in critical condition on Monday night after going into cardiac arrest during the first quarter of Buffalo’s game in Cincinnati. The Bills announced early Tuesday that Hamlin’s heartbeat was restored on the field thanks to the quick action of the medical personnel 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.
With players and fans watching helplessly at home, many of them wanted to help and they did that by donating more than $7 million to Hamlin’s charity. The 24-year-old started his charity in 2020, just after finishing his college career at Pitt.
Going into Monday night, Hamlin’s GoFundMe page had less than $3,000 in donations, but after watching what transpired on the field in Cincinnati, NFL players and fans sprung into action and proceeded to donate millions over the next 18 hours.
As of Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET, the donation total was at over $7 million with one of the biggest donations coming from Tom Brady, who gave $10,000 to Hamlin’s cause. Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara also donated $10,000 as did wrestler Chris Jericho of the AEW.
Not to be outdone, Matthew Stafford donated $12,000.
Andy Dalton, Sauce Gardner, Mike Evans, George Kittle, Christian McCaffrey, Davante Adams, Shannon Sharpe, Drake London, Marcus Jones, Myles Bryant, Andrew Whitworth, Lawrence Guy, Brian Hoyer, Lloyd Cushenberry, Trey Lance, Ryan Leaf. and the McCourty brothers (Devin and Jason) are other players or former players who donated at least $1,000.
From a team perspective, one of the biggest donations came from the Bills’ opponent in Week 18: 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 contributed $1,000 to Hamlin’s charity. https://3cb6006cadf15338f4659d0e693a54fa.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html?n=0
Colts owner Jim Irsay made the biggest donation of anyone by pledging $25,003 to Hamlin’s cause.
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