These are dramatic moments for NFL and sport in general. Damar Hamlin, a 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety, struggles between life and death following a tough confrontation with one of his Bengals opponents on Monday. Hamlin, in fact, after a violent tackle, first got up but only for a few moments, and then collapsed to the ground unconscious.
Immediate help from the doctors, who attempted to revive him for over 30 minutes, also giving him cardiac massage, all under the eyes of his family who were there to watch the game. The player was later rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.
A heartbreaking scene that was witnessed, with teammates who gathered in a circle around him to act as a screen while the intervention of the doctors took place. As a result of the shocking incident, the matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Bengals was permanently cancelled.
In these dramatic hours, the whole sports world is sending messages of full support to Hamlin and his family, including US tennis player Jessica Pegula.
Pegula in shock: "I felt bad"
While she is engaged in the hitherto brilliant expedition of the United States in the United Cup, Jessica Pegula could not help but turn a thought towards the serious accident that occurred to her compatriot Damar Hamlin.
The 28-year-old American, whose family owns the Buffalo Bills, expressed her pain at a press conference over what happened to her: "I mean, it's just awful. It's terrible. Simply terrible. There are no words. I'm glad they stopped the game.
I think this brings you back to thinking that there are much more important things than sports and games and stuff like that." Pegula also said the situation was pretty scary and that her whole affair made her feel sick: "I'm glad they're trying to support him.
But it was pretty scary. I don't know much else. Obviously things are pretty hectic right now. I felt bad. It was terrible. I think everyone felt that way as they watched." All thoughts and prayers go out to Damar Hamlin and his family in these hours of despair.