NFL players take a knee to pray

USA Today reports that National Football League (NFL) players, once again, took a knee over the weekend. 

This time, however, the knee was not to protest the racial injustice that activist-athletes claim exists in the United States.

Rather, the NFL players took a knee to pray – to pray for the recovery of Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin.

Background

Last week, during the NFL Monday Night Football game between the Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals, Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on the field after tackling Bengals player Tee Higgins.

Fox News reports:

Hamlin received CPR for over nine minutes on the field Monday against the Cincinnati Bengals after tackling Tee Higgins. Hamlin stood up but collapsed shortly after. Medical staff also used a defibrillator.

Hamlin was taken to a hospital. The players and staff subsequently took to the field, got on a knee, and prayed for Hamlin.

The game, itself, was postponed and later canceled.

The aftermath

At the hospital, Hamlin was placed on a ventilator. In fact, Hamlin, initially, was receiving 100% of the oxygen that his body needs from the ventilator. It was unclear whether he would survive, and, if he did survive, what kind of long-term problems he might have.

Hamlin is still listed as being in critical condition. Doctors, however, have indicated that Hamlin is making a “remarkable” recovery – that he is breathing on his own and that his “neurological function is excellent.”

Hamlin is now not only off of the ventilator but he is speaking. He recently posted a message on social media thanking everyone for the support that he has been receiving.

He wrote:

When you put real love out into the world it comes back to you 3x’s as much…The Love has been overwhelming, but I’m thankful for every single person that prayed for me and reached out. We brung the world back together behind this. If you know me you know this only gone make me stronger. On a long road keep praying for me!

They are!

This past weekend, NFL players, once again, prayed for Hamlin, taking a knee to do so.

Players on the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars did so before their game. Video from the event shows the rosters of both teams gathering together in a circle at the center of the field in order to pray for Hamlin.

Commentators are now contrasting this kneeling with the anthem kneeling that many NFL players have become known for. It’s a striking difference, to say the least.

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