Despite still being in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin hasn’t stopped supporting his team.
The 24-year-old posted a picture on Twitter of himself in his hospital bed, decked out in a “3” hat and a “Love for Damar 3” t-shirt, with a caption that reads, “GAMETIME!!”
The tweet was posted just minutes before the start of the Bills’ game against the New England Patriots at Highmark Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest Monday night at Paycor Stadium during the first quarter of the Bills’ matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. He collapsed following a play in which he tackled receiver Tee Higgins. Hamlin stood momentarily after the play before he fell back to the field.
Hamlin is still in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center but he’s making continued progress, the team said in a tweet Saturday afternoon.
The Bills said Hamlin is still breathing on his own and his neurological function is “excellent.” Hamlin is speaking and had his breathing tube removed Friday, according to the Bills. He has also been able to communicate with teammates via FaceTime.
“GameDay.. Nothing I Want More Than To Be Running Out That Tunnel With My Brothers,” Hamlin wrote in a tweet on Sunday. “God Using Me In A Different Way Today.”
Professional football players and coaches, fans, Cincinnatians and businesses have shown an outpouring of support for Hamlin and his family since his injury.
Hamlin made his first public statement since he was hospitalized on social media Saturday afternoon via Instagram.
“When you put real love out into the world it comes back to you 3x’s as much,” the post reads. “The love has been overwhelming, but I’m thankful for every single person that prayed for me and reached out. We brung the world back together behind this. If you know me you know this only gone make me stronger.”