NFL legend Michael Irvin has spoken about his reaction to the medical emergency suffered by Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin in Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Irvin appeared in 95.7 The game in San Francisco on Tuesday and talked about how difficult it was to see the faces of Bills and Cincinnati Bengals players who were emotional after the incident. Hamlin had to get his heartbeat back on the field after going into cardiac arrest.
“I saw the faces of all the guys around. It told me how profound that moment was. I went back to that and said, wow,” the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver said. “It was so hard to watch… What’s so ingrained is you take the hit and keep moving. Whatever it is. Even in practice… You condition yourself, but this was something different. You have to resurrect someone.” . on the soccer field. Even though you’re trained to keep going, there’s no way you can keep playing that game. They did the right thing so far.”
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Irvin also recalled a moment in his career when he thought he was paralyzed during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“Deion Sanders and I were talking about it afterwards. He said: ‘When we were looking at you, we saw a fear in your eyes that we had never seen before. I didn’t know you saw fear in my eyes. It’s such a difficult thing. When you go to the field, you know that there is a possibility for those things to happen.
“What we witnessed last night… You may lose a limb, but you never thought you would lose a life.”
Hamlin’s family provided another update on his condition Tuesday night.
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Dorian Glenn, Hamlin’s uncle, told NFL Network that the Bills player remained in intensive care but has improved to 50% oxygen on a ventilator; he had previously been 100%.
“Right now, they’ve put him on a ventilator, so they’re trying to get him to breathe on his own,” Glenn told the network. “So, we’re taking it day by day. Still in the ICU. They’ve got him sedated, so continue to give the medical treatment you’ve been doing.”
Glenn added: “Once I get out of ICU, I’ll feel better.”
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In the aftermath of the terrifying incident, fans donated more than $5 million to Hamlin’s toy drive charity fund, created in 2020, with an initial goal of $2,500. Retailer Fanatics also said that all profits from Sale of Hamlin jerseysthat have shot up in the last 24 hours, they will all go to the foundation.
Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.