Buffalo Bills Wide receiver John Brown was one of the few to score a touchdown in the team’s first game, when safety Tamar Hamlin collapsed with a heart attack and had to get his heart pumping.
He did something very special for one of the men who saved Hamlin’s life.
Bills coach Denny Kellington administered CPR that night Pacor Stadium in CincinnatiHamlin, who is at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, was instrumental in saving the day.
Hamlin has improved so much since that night that he was able to talk, tweet and watch the Bills this Sunday as he continues to recover.
When Brown sprung up to catch Josh Allen’s throw for a 42-yard touchdown, he took the ball to Kellington. He gave him a brief hug and exchanged a few words before sitting back down on the bench.
It was one of many gestures one made for Hamlin on Sunday, as he remains a top priority for the Bills, the NFL and all its fans. Bills faithful showed their love and support for Hamlin throughout the game by donning jerseys, t-shirts and more, waving signs.
But the NFL took it to another level and sent out T-shirts that read “Love for Tamar 3.” Every team, from players to coaches, wore the shirts pre-game or throughout their respective games.
Also, the NFL numbers each 30-yard line. The 3 was painted with red trim, paying homage to Hamlin’s jersey number with the Bills.
On top of that, Nyheim Hines ran for a 96-yard touchdown on the opening kickoff against the Patriots — the first play since Hamlin’s injury. The Bills haven’t returned a touchdown in three years and three months.
It was his only catch of the day, but Brown made the most of it, and Hamlin thanked many of his teammates and friends for allowing them to earn their 13th regular-season win and the No. 2 seed in the AFC.