The Buffalo Bills, after a whirlwind of a week, and being largely in the dark about one of their beloved teammates, received a well-needed update on Wednesday.
In a special moment on Wednesday afternoon, Damar Hamlin‘s father, Mario, talked with the entire team via Zoom, updating everyone on the status of his son.
Damar Hamlin’s father, Mario Hamlin, addressed the entire Bills team on a zoom call Wednesday to personally update everyone in attendance on his son, per source. Mario Hamlin informed the Bills that Damar was making progress and, in the words of one source, “the team needed it.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2023
It appears that this was a huge pick-me-up for the team, who hadn’t heard much about Hamlin’s status.
When a teammate, friend, or family member is in the hospital, it can be a trying time, both mentally, and physically.
It can be hard to overcome all of the thoughts that can flood one’s brain and can be difficult to escape the feeling that you could be doing something more.
With any luck, Hamlin’s father was able to combat that with his son’s teammates, and, with the Bills slated to practice today, this will hopefully increase their chances of turning a bit more focus to their game on Sunday.
The Bills, along with their opponent when Hamlin got hurt, the Cincinnati Bengals, have undoubtedly undergone much trauma, and football might be the last thing on their minds.
Mental health is something that was once stigmatized but has become more of a relevant topic in everyday media, especially with NFL players.
The NFL has offered these types of resources to players, as many therapists and psychologists can assist the teams if they need their services.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Bills and Bengals organizations as they navigate these difficult times.