The Las Vegas Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs confirmed help for Damar Hamlin earlier than the primary NFL sport because the Buffalo Payments security’s collapse.
He posted on Instagram on Saturday that “the love has been overwhelming”.
Gamers from the Raiders and Chiefs wore black T-shirts with ‘Love for Damar’ and a 3 – Hamlin’s jersey quantity – on them previous to their sport.
The Payments have stated Hamlin is making “continued progress” but stays in a “critical condition”.
Hamlin added on his social media put up: “When you put real love out into the world it comes back to you three times as much.
“I am grateful for each single individual that prayed for me and reached out.
“If you know me you know this is only going to make me stronger. On a long road – keep praying for me.”
Famous person quarterback Patrick Mahomes wore a high with a graphic of the Payments participant and ‘Hamlin sturdy’ written on it earlier than the Chiefs’ closing common season sport at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Hamlin’s identify and quantity was displayed on screens inside and outdoors the stadium, whereas the quantity three on the 30-yard mark had a painted blue define, one of many Payments’ colors.
The Payments will put on quantity three patches on their jerseys after they host the New England Patriots on Sunday of their first sport since Hamlin collapsed in opposition to the Bengals in Ohio.
Hamlin has had his respiratory tube eliminated and in a tweet the Payments cited his docs by saying his neurologic operate stays intact and that he has been in a position to speak to his household and care group.
The NFL cancelled the Payments’ sport in opposition to the Bengals within the wake of the incident.
NFL homeowners subsequently accepted modifications to the AFC play-off construction given the end result of the sport would have affected play-off seedings, with each side already having secured post-season spots.
The Payments and Bengals can have their post-season positions decided by their successful share over their accomplished 16 video games – as an alternative of the total 17 – after the ultimate spherical of video games happen this weekend.
The AFC Championship sport might be performed at a impartial website if the house group ordinarily would have been settled by the results of the cancelled sport between the Bengals and Payments.
Hamlin, who has been within the intensive care unit on the College of Cincinnati Medical Heart, joined a gathering along with his group through Facetime on Friday and stated “Love you boys”.
He suffered cardiac arrest after tackling Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. Hamlin fell on his again to the bottom after the collision and obtained greater than half-hour of on-the-field medical care, throughout which he was resuscitated as soon as, in keeping with the participant’s good friend and advertising and marketing agent Jordon Rooney.
Assist for the second-year Payments participant has poured in because the accident.
A GoFundMe web page for a toy drive launched by Hamlin has amassed greater than $7m (£5.9m).
A number of NFL gamers have donated to the trigger, together with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson.
Hamlin was drafted to the NFL in 2021 from the College of Pittsburgh, the place he performed faculty soccer.