WATCH: ESPN host leads powerful prayer for Damar Hamlin on-air
Former Detroit Lions quarterback and ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky on Tuesday led a heartfelt prayer for Damar Hamlin while on the air after the Buffalo Bills safety collapsed on the field during Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“I’ve heard the Buffalo Bills organization say that we believe in prayer, and maybe this is not the right thing to do, but it’s just on my heart, and I want to pray for Damar Hamlin right now,” he said on NFL Live. “I’m going to do it out loud, I’m going to close my eyes and bow my head, and I’m just going to pray for him.”
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“God, we come to you in these moments that we don’t understand, that are hard because we believe that you’re God and coming to you and praying to you has impact. We’re sad. We’re angry. And we want answers, but some things are unanswerable,” he began. “We just want to pray, truly come to you and pray for strength for Damar, for healing for Damar, for comfort for Damar. Be with his family to give them peace.”
“I believe in prayer. We believe in prayer. We lift up Damar Hamlin’s name in your name. Amen,” he concluded.
Orlovsky was subsequently praised on social media for taking the time to pray for Hamlin.
“Shoutout to Dan Orlovsky for not just saying thoughts & prayers but actually stopping NFL Live to bow his head, close his eyes, and pray for Damar Hamlin,” wrote entrepreneur and investor Joe Pompliano.
Sports writer Mark Harris agreed, tweeting, “Dan Orlovsky didn’t just send off a ‘praying for Damar Hamlin’ tweet. He paused during NFL Live, bowed his head, and prayed. Powerful, brave, and genuine.”
Dan Orlovsky didn’t just send off a ‘praying for Damar Hamlin’ tweet.
He paused during NFL Live, bowed his head, and prayed.
Powerful, brave, and genuine. 🙏
— Mark Harris (@itismarkharris) January 3, 2023
“I believe in the power of prayer. In my 28 years as a news anchor, I never experienced this. Beautiful,” journalist Natalie Tysdal added.
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Hamlin’s uncle delivered a recent update on his nephew’s health following the event. According to him, Hamlin is improving and now needs 50% oxygen from the ventilator as opposed to 100%. “He’s still sedated but main focus is recovering to breathe on his own & healing lungs,” he continued.
“I’m not a crier, but I’ve never cried so hard in my life. Just to know like my nephew basically died on the field and they brought him back to life,” his uncle said.