The ties that bind Damar Hamlin to the Bengals run deep

The ties that bind Damar Hamlin to the Bengals run deep

When the Cincinnati Bengals hosted the Buffalo Bills on Monday, the thought was that a big-time AFC battle would take place. Unfortunately, Bills’ safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and had to have CPR to be revived.

 

 

Bengals’ wide receiver Tee Higgins, who Hamlin tackled before he collapsed, had his sleepless nights eased when reports came out that Hamlin was communicating with family and his teammates, and he even got support from Hamlin’s mother.

 

 

The ties that bind Damar Hamlin to the Bengals run deep

A different kind of bond that links Hamlin to the Bengals has surfaced through this situation. Tyler Boyd, the Bengals slot demon, has known Hamlin since their days of attending the same youth group in Pennsylvania, and they were also teammates at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

 

Having built that type of bond with Hamlin, Boyd requested his friends’ jersey, and it was on its way to him as of Friday morning.

 

 

Boyd and Hamlin went to high schools around 20 miles apart in the Pittsburgh area. As a result, Boyd has been close to Hamlin’s family for quite some time. He hasn’t been able to speak to Hamlin since the incident, but Boyd has been to the hospital and plans to do so again.

Before Boyd found out the good news of Hamlin’s miraculous, he spoke about his feelings towards his childhood friend.

 

 

The ties that bind Damar Hamlin to the Bengals run deep

“I’ve just been around him since we grew up,” Boyd said on Thursday. “He’s like a brother to me. It just hurts for something like that to happen. It was very unfortunate.”

 

 

This situation involving Hamlin was shocking and something that the NFL had never seen before. Seeing a player fight for his life on the field is a traumatic thing to experience and it struck enough of a nerve to have the matchup between the Bengals and Bills suspended, and as of Thursday, it was determined it would not be played.

The ties that bind Damar Hamlin to the Bengals run deep

Times like these make it clear that football is just a game and that human life is more important. Seeing as no person knows when their final moment on earth will be, Boyd had a special message.

“Don’t take things for granted,” Boyd said. “Always be kind. Always respect people.”

Truer words have never been spoken.

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