Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on Monday night early in his team’s match-up against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Medical officials performed CPR on Hamlin for 10 minutes before rushing him to a nearby hospital. His heartbeat reportedly returned to normal, though he still apparently requires assistance breathing.
One day after the incident occurred, a number of sports personalities addressed what transpired. Some ESPN analysts did it really poorly, leading to calls for their firing. Others, on different networks, messed up so bad that their shows are now on the verge of cancellation.
That said, ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky took a different path.
Rather than just talking about what happened to Hamlin, Orlovsky decided to do something during NFL Live on Tuesday:
Matthew 18:20 https://t.co/xCQUOmnEs1
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) January 3, 2023
The reactions to Orlovsky’s move poured in immediately.
Best of all, the responses were overwhelmingly positive.
— William F Smith Jr. (@WilliamFSmithJr) January 4, 2023
— Timmay34 (@Timmay34) January 4, 2023
— Harley Heidelberg (@HarleyHeidelb) January 4, 2023
This. Thank you, Dan. https://t.co/zCiBLYajYG
— Bobby Baehr (@DABAEHR) January 4, 2023
THIS! This is what we needed as a people. If Dan Orlovsky can be strong enough to use the platform he wields to exalt the power of prayer to help heal Damar Hamlin, no one else should ever be afraid to praise His name.
Also praise to Dan’s co-hosts for joining him in the prayer. https://t.co/tkTqulf51b
— Troy L Kearney (@ChronoBlyzer47) January 4, 2023
While some people handled this Hamlin situation really poorly, others like Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and now Orlovsky have handled it tremendously well.
The Ohio State fan who went viral during the Georgia game has been identified. https://t.co/muz1AmiH6A
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 3, 2023
Hopefully they get the credit they deserve for doing so.
In times like this, where legitimate and very real issues occur, people show their true colors. The good people behave the way you would expect them, and the bad people do the opposite.
Hamlin is a fighter and will hopefully recover from this. For now, the focus should remain on him. When he does get better, though — NFL fans should remember how people responded to incident from start to finish and regard them accordingly.