Patrick Mahomes admits Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest ‘sent chills’ through his body as he speaks out on watching the horrifying moment on TV – and believes it’s understood NFL players are people ‘even more now’
NFL superstar and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has revealed that he’s been taken aback by Damar Hamlin’s collapse on Monday, admitting the Bills safety’s cardiac arrest ‘sent chills’ through his body.
Speaking with reporters ahead of Kansas City’s last game of the regular season on Saturday against the Las Vegas Raiders, Mahomes was in a reflective mood, before Hamlin’s teammate Kaiir Elam revealed that the 24-year-old is ‘awake and showing signs of improvement’ in a Cincinnati hospital in Ohio.
‘To put things in perspective, we go out there every week and I’m not going to say that we take it for granted but you go out there and you play a game that you love and you just enjoy it,’ said the 27-year-old.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes revealed he prayed for Damar Hamlin after his collapse on Monday
Hamlin is making ‘remarkable improvement’ in his recovery since Wednesday, doctors said
‘You don’t think about things like that happening and whenever something like this happens, I think it impacts everybody.’
Prior to a release from Buffalo earlier on Thursday stating that Hamlin has made ‘remarkable improvement’ in his recovery over the last 24 hours, Mahomes revealed that he was tuned into the Bills-Bengals game on Monday Night Football when the horrifying moment happened.
‘It sent chills through my body when I was watching it and all I did was just sit there and pray for him because that’s all you can do when you feel like you can’t help,’ said the one-time Super Bowl champion.
Hamlin collapsed moments after a tackle, falling backwards and laying motionless on the floor
Mahomes hopes Hamlin’s collapse will shed light on NFL players being people, not just players
‘And so like I said, I’ve been watching updates just like everybody and trying to make sure that first off that Damar is healthy and he can get back.
‘Because at the end of the day, we’re people. We’re not just players and I think everybody understands that even more now.’
Hamlin got up briefly after the play before appearing wobbly and collapsing to the turf.
He was given CPR on the field and taken away in an ambulance to the hospital shortly after, where the team said he was in critical condition later that night.
Hamlin remains critically ill but the Bills team also provided encouraging news Thursday morning along with Elam.
‘Per the physicians caring for Damar Hamlin at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Damar has show remarkable improvement over the last 24 hours. While still critically ill, he has demonstrated that he appears to be neurologically intact. His lungs continue to heal and he is making steady progress,’ the statement read.
Hamlin had been under sedation, but according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, has recently begun gripping the hands of loved ones in the hospital.