ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. ( Associated Press) – The Bills and their fans paid several tributes to Damon Hamlin on Sunday. Jersey number 3 and shirts were full of messages.
Fans also signed 10-foot (3-metre) wide cards wishing the safety a speedy recovery.
But it was not in the script what happened when Bill ran again.
In Buffalo’s first action since Monday, when Hamlin went into cardiac arrest midgame, Nyhem Hines caught the kickoff and returned the ball 96 yards to the end zone against the New England Patriots.
The touchdown lifted the spirits of the public in Buffalo already on a day of catharsis. The nearly week-long outpouring of support for Hamlin marked the return of the Bills for the first time since Hamlin received CPR on the field after being tackled in the first quarter of a game in Cincinnati.
Since then, Hamlin has made marked improvement according to doctors.
A simple store-bought card wasn’t enough for Bills fan Ryan Magnuson in his desire to show his support for Hamlin.
A sign shop owner, Magnuson proceeded to design 4-by-10-foot (1.2-by-3-meter) canvas cards, which he placed near the entrance to Bills Stadium to commemorate all Buffalo games against the Patriots. view and sign it. ,
“It’s been something very positive. Bills fans, Patriots fans and people wearing jerseys from other NFL teams have come out. I think right now it’s more of a team thing,” Magnuson said. “This is for asphalt.”
Week-long shows of support continued as the Bills returned to the field.
Although his condition remains critical at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Hamlin has reported excellent neurological function since Saturday. Suraksha is already breathing on her own and able to speak.
Magnuson’s goal is to find a way to get Hamlin his giant card.
Supporters flooded the front of the banner with congratulatory messages about three hours before kick-off. There were phrases like “Stay strong” and “Love”. Some wore Hamlin’s No. 3 jersey.
“It was kind of sad to see it live,” said Kyle Blaney, wearing a Patriots jersey. “But it’s great to see not only Bills fans but everyone coming together to support them.”
NFL fans across the board have rallied in support of Hamlin this week, including many who have contributed more than $8 million to Hamlin’s Chasing Em foundation. Sunday saw an opportunity to put together a tribute during the final day of the NFL regular season.
Electronic signs in the Highmark Stadium parking lot read “Love for Damar 3”. Some fans decorated their homes in the Bills’ red and blue colors and made various tributes to Hamlin.