- After Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on the field last Monday, Bills assistant coach Denny Kellington was the one to administer CPR.
- On Sunday, Bills receiver John Brown scored a touchdown and passed the ball to Kellington.
- Doctors and trainers credited both Kellington and the rest of the Bills training staff for their quick action to help save Hamlin’s life.
Tributes for Bills safety Damar Hamlin were held around the NFL this weekend as the league returned to action for the first time since his on-field cardiac arrest.
On Buffalo’s very first game since Monday night’s game against the Bengals was canceled, running back Nyheim Hines returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown against the New England Patriots, in a moment that would have left screenwriters looking for something more subtle.
But another meaningful tribute happened during Sunday’s Bills game, courtesy of wide receiver John Brown.
Brown, who had just returned to the Bills in November after stints with several other teams, scored his first touchdown in two years, connecting with quarterback Josh Allen on a deep ball.
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After his score, he passed the touchdown ball to Bills assistant coach Denny Kellington, who administered CPR to Hamlin immediately after he went down on the field last week.
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There have been many heroes involved in the story of Hamlin’s recovery, Kellington being one of them.
The Bills took a moment before Sunday’s game to recognize the medical and training staff for helping prevent a tragedy Monday night.
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Bills head coach Sean McDermott also recognized Kellington and the entire Bills medical and training staff for their quick, courageous action while speaking to reporters for the first time since Hamlin’s injury last week.
“Denny’s one of our assistant coaches. Nate Breske is our head coach. Just like everything else, the whole team, our medical team, goes through the drills for things like this, but we’re never around to see it. Since they say that practice pays, and it did in this case,” he said.
“For an assistant to find himself in that position, needing to take the actions he did to step up and take responsibility like he did. There were others on the field as well. It’s nothing short of amazing. The courage it took. You’re talking about a real leader, a real hero, saving Damar’s life. I admire his strength.”