Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on Monday night early in his team’s outing against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ten minutes of CPR needed to be performed on Hamlin while he was laying motionless on the field before he could be rushed to a local hospital.
On Thursday, word emerged that Hamlin was now in the midst of a “remarkable” recovery. Although the 24-year-old still isn’t out of the woods yet, he is in a much better position to get better now.
One hero on the Bills’ staff played a pivotal role in ensuring this outcome.
“One hero who should be recognized here: Last night, I was told the work of Bills assistant athletic trainer Denny Kellington in administering CPR to Damar Hamlin on Monday was absolutely vital,” NFL insider Albert Breer reported.
“The speed and skill with which he and others reacted = A huge difference-maker.”
In a week where guys like Skip Bayless said things that look like they may end his TV show for good, and during a stretch where ESPN commentators said things that might get them fired, people like Kellington are who we should be focusing on.
For all the bad and negatives stories out there, there are also plenty of good ones.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow’s classy reaction to the Hamlin situation, for example. Or ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky’s incredible gesture. Or Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ meaningful words.
Aaron Rodgers is 39. Mallory Edens is 26. https://t.co/8CJkbYutAm
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 5, 2023
In 2022, the worst among us often got the most press coverage – and it made for a really uncomfortable and unfortunate media environment.
This year, in 2023, everyone should do their best to focus on the people who try to help and uplift those around them. The world will ultimately be better off for it.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.