Dhe pictures were shocking. Damar Hamlin fell to the ground, got to his feet, put both hands to his head briefly, as if checking the fit of his helmet. Then he took a small step to the right, staggered, and suddenly fell backwards. He hit the ground. There his arms moved briefly before he lay motionless. Teammates, opponents, coaches, supervisors and more than 65,000 spectators in the stadium seemed to go into shock.
Damar Hamlin, 24-year-old professional footballer for the Buffalo Bills, reported the team doctors who were hurriedly summoned later, no longer had a heartbeat. He was no longer breathing on his own. He was near death.