Damar Hamlin Bio: In-Game Cardiac Arrest, Medical Updates & More

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An American football player Damar Romeyelle Hamlin better known as Damar Hamlin is a 24 year-old safety for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League.

Hamlin is currently on the news all over the world because of the life-threatening incident that occurred during a Week 17 Monday Night Football game on January 2, 2023, against the Cincinnati Bengals when he collapsed on the field after tackling wide receiver Tee Higgins.

Bills Safety Damar Hamlin 3
Bills Safety Damar Hamlin 3 (Source: The Mirror)

According to the sources, after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game, the Buffalo Bills’ safety, Hamlin remains sedated on a ventilator as doctors work toward getting him to breathe on his own.

In this article, we will try to cover all the details related to his current health condition, career, earnings, and personal life.

Please read the whole article to know more about Hamlin and his recent in-game cardiac arrest.

Damar Hamlin | Quick Facts

Full Name Damar Romeyelle Hamlin
Known As Damar Hamlin
Nickname Damar
Birthdate March 24, 1998
Age 24 Years Old
Birthplace  McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, United States
Current Residence McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, United States
Father’s Name Mario Hamlin
Mother’s Name Nina Hamlin
Siblings Damir Hamlin
Nationality American
Marital Status Unmarried
Religion Christian
Height 6 ft. 0 in/1.83 m/183 cm
Weight 200 lb/91 kg
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Ethnicity Afro-American
Zodiac Sign Aries
Profession Professional Football Player
Net Worth $1 Million
Education Central Catholic High School, University of Pittsburgh
NFL Draft 2021/Round: 6/Pick: 212
Awards & Achievements Second-team All-ACC (2020)
Current Team Buffalo Bills
Roster Status Injured
Jersey Number 3
Position Safety
Career Stats as of Week 16, 2022 Total Tackles: 93

Pass Deflections: 4

Sacks: 1.5

Forced Fumbles: 1

Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Last Update January 2023

Damar Hamlin | Early Life & Education

Early Life

An American football safety Damar Hamlin was born Damar Romeyelle Hamlin on March 24, 1998, in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, United States, to his father, Mario Hamlin, and mother, Nina Hamlin.

His mother, Nina, was 16, and father, Mario, was just 17 when they had Damar.

Damar had a difficult childhood because his parents were way too young when they had him and not really sure about raising a child when they were one themselves.

Damar spent nearly four years without his father, who was imprisoned for three and a half years after being convicted of selling drugs to make ends meet.

Nevertheless, he remained in close contact with his family while he was doing his time. Mario used to call his son as much as he could to see how he was doing with his football.

The NFL star shared a tribute to his father on Father’s Day on Instagram, including a photo of them together while he was in prison.

After Mario got out of prison, Damar’s parents founded an office cleaning business, and his mother, Nina, still runs a daycare center in Pennsylvania.

Hamlin has accredited both his father and mother with his success, with his mother being his strongest support system.

Damar Hamlin With His Family
Damar Hamlin With His Family (Source: WIVB)

The 24-year-old Damar does not have children of his own but has a younger brother Damir born in 2015, who is also his biggest supporter. Damir wants to be a football star, just like his older brother.

Growing up in a rough neighborhood in Pennsylvania, Damar witnessed three of his close friends being shot dead while he was a teenager, which traumatized the young Damar.

And the murder still remains unsolved.


Young Damar attended Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he played football and was named the Class AAAA Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-State.

With impressive high school stats, he was considered a top cornerback coming out of Central Catholic. Also, Damar was a four-star recruit.

Many top-level universities, including Penn State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and Temple, offered Damar an athletic scholarship, but he committed and enrolled at Pittsburgh in 2016.

He redshirted his freshman year after playing three games for the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Damar finished his collegiate career with 185 solo tackles, 275 combined tackles, six interceptions, and one fumble recovery.

He not just showcased outstanding gameplay during his four-year college career but also excelled in his education, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Pittsburgh in 2020.

Damar Hamlin | Career

After completing college, Damar declared for NFL Draft.

Buffalo Bills drafted Damar 212th overall in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

On May 21, 2021, he signed a four-year rookie contract with the Bills.

He spent the first season with the Bills as a reserve but became one of the team’s starting safeties in 2022 after fellow safety Micah Hyde suffered a season-ending neck injury in Week 2 and was placed on injured reserve on September 24, 2022.

Damar Hamlin For the Buffalo Bills
Damar Hamlin For the Buffalo Bills (Source: Insider)

On November 6, 2022, Week 9 game against the New York Jets, Damar proved to be instrumental for the Bills as he led the team with 12 tackles and one sack in the 20-17 loss.

During a Week 17 Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, 2023, Damar collapsed on the field after tackling wide receiver Tee Higgins.

Damar Hamlin | In-Game Cardiac Arrest

Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest after tackling wide receiver Tee Higgins during Monday night’s game, causing NFL to suspend a pivotal game against the Bengals.

The 24 -year-old was administered CPR on the field while his teammates surrounded him, shielding him from public view.

A lot of his fans were weeping and praying while Damar was being treated on the field by the team, medical personnel, and local paramedics.

He was given oxygen, placed on a stretcher, and carried into an ambulance that had entered the field.

And all these dreadful scenes were happening right in front of Hamlin’s mother, Nina, as she was in the stands at Paycor Stadium.

She was reportedly brought down from the stands by local security after the incident to ride with her son in the ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

His pulse had been restored by the time he was en route to the hospital, but he was still not breathing on his own.

Damar Hamlin Collapsed On The Field After Cardiac Arrest
Damar Hamlin Collapsed On The Field After Cardiac Arrest (Source: MARCA)

Hamlin spent the night in ICU and remains in critical condition.

About the game, it was postponed, and only one thing was on the minds of the players and fans- Damar Hamlin.

Bills and Bengals started the day as opponents, and by night’s end, fans from both teams came together outside the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to show support for beloved safety Hamlin.

Hamlin’s Bills teammate Stefon Diggs later went to the hospital to visit Damar while fans of both teams gathered outside, holding lit candles and praying.

On January 3, Damar remained at the hospital while sedated and on a ventilator.

According to his uncle, he was placed on his stomach to help take the pressure off his lungs. He also revealed that Damar had to be resuscitated twice on the night of the incident.

As of Thursday, January 6, 2023, Hamlin’s condition seemed stable. Two UC Health physicians involved in his care said the safety is beginning to awaken, and he has had “substantial improvement in his health condition over the past 24 hours.”

We will be sure to update you if anything comes up further.

What’s Going On?

After the incident, numerous football players and teams offered their prayers and support on social media.

All 32 NFL teams changed their profile pictures on Twitter to a picture of Damar’s jersey and text that reads “Pray For Damar.”

The Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase offered their prayers to Damar’s family.

Niagara Falls Illuminating Blue In Honor of Damar Hamlin
Niagara Falls Illuminating Blue In Honor of Damar Hamlin (Source: CNN)

Similarly, Hamlin’s teammate, Bills QB Josh Allen, urged people to “Please pray for our brother.”

After the incident, the lights on Paycor Stadium were lit blue in honor of Damar.

Also, it was announced that on the evening of January 3, Niagara Falls would be illuminated in blue to honor and support Hamlin and his family.

Furthermore, the NFL has announced that the postponed Bills-Bengals game where Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest has been canceled.


Aside from playing football, Hamlin is also involved in several charities and fundraisers.

In 2020, he started organizing the annual Christmas toy drive, Chasing M’s Foundation Community Toy Drive, in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

Hamlin established a community toy drive for his foundation through the fundraising website.

The initial goal for the drive was to raise $2,500, and by the start of Monday Night Football, it had raised north of $100,000.

And after the link to the GoFundMe was posted on Twitter, donations flooded the fundraiser.

Damar Hamlin GoFundMe With Over $3 Million Donation Collected
Damar Hamlin GoFundMe With Over $3 Million Donation Collected (Source: Philadelphia Inquirer)

Hundreds of thousands of donations poured in within hours. By midday Tuesday, over $4 million had been donated to Hamlin’s GoFundMe.

As of January 4, 2023, Wednesday morning, the donation total was at over $6 million, with one of the biggest donations coming from Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who gave $10,000 to Hamlin’s cause.

Denver Bronco’s QB Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara also donated $10,000, as did wrestler Chris Jericho. 

Also, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford donated $12,000. 

According to recent reports published on January 3, 2023, Friday, donations to Damar Hamlin’s Chasing M’s Foundation Community Toy Drive are now over $7.5 million, including the recent $19,203 donation from the Chicago Bears— 1920 being the year the Bears were founded, and No. 3 being Hamlin’s number.


Since the incident happened, Damar’s family has been by his side.

His reps have revealed that Hamlin’s parents are still nervous when it comes to his recovery.

On Tuesday, Damar’s family released an official statement stating.

Damar Hamlin's Family Official Statement
Damar Hamlin’s Family Official Statement (Source: CBS News)

“On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support show to Damar during this challenging time,” the statement read. “We are deeply move by the prayers, kind words and donations from fans around the country.”

Damar’s family’s official statement ended with a request for more prayers.

Damar Hamlin | Net Worth & Contracts

As of 2023, Damar Hamlin’s net worth is estimated to be around $1 million.

All his fortune can be attributed to his successful football career.

However, in addition to his NFL career, Damar is a fashion entrepreneur, having started a fashion line, Chasing Millions, while still at the University of Pittsburgh.

On May 2021, he signed a four-year $3.64 million contract with the Bills, which included a $160,476 signing bonus, $910,119 average annual salary, $160,476 guaranteed at signing, and $160,476 total guaranteed.

It’s been just two seasons for the safety, and he has already made $1.64 million in career earnings which will certainly increase in the coming days.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Why is Damar Hamlin on a ventilator?

Damar is on a ventilator to release some of the strain on his lungs, which have been damaged.

Is Damar Hamlin going to recover?

Damar’s recovery is moving in “a positive direction.” However, he still has a 50/50 chance of survival, having been on a ventilator.

Is Damar Hamlin in a coma?

According to doctors, Damar is likely in a medicated, induced coma as they wait to see how his body responds, but the quick action of medics on the scene is what saved his life.

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