Niagara Falls and several NFL teams honor Damar Hamlin with red-and-blue tributes at their stadiums
PICTURED: Niagara Falls joins NFL teams in honoring Damar Hamlin as iconic landmark lights up blue in support of Buffalo Bills safety… while stadiums across the country also pay tribute while player remains in ICU
- More than a third of all 32 NFL teams (10) showed signs of support for Hamlin
- Among them are San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins
- Mayor Byron Brown had Buffalo’s City Hall lit up in the Bills’ colors on Tuesday
- All NFLs team changed their Twitter avatars to a graphic with Hamlin’s jersey No.
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Niagara Falls has joined more than a third of all 32 NFL teams in honoring Damar Hamlin, as the iconic landmark was lit up in blue in support of the Bills safety, while stadiums across the U.S. also paid tribute to the player, who remains in intensive care as of Wednesday evening.
Among the arenas that shone the Bills’ red-and-blue uniform colors on Tuesday night are: The San Francisco 49ers’ Levi Stadium; the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium; the Denver Broncos’ Empower Field at Mile High; the Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium; the New England Patriots’ Gilette Stadium; the Seattle Seahakws’ Lumen Field; the Jacksonville Jaguars’ TIAA Bank Field; and the New Orleans Saints’ Caesars Superdome.
The Cincinnati Bengals also lit up Paycor Stadium, where Hamlin suddenly collapsed in the opening quarter of Monday Night Football, in blue in support of the 2021 NFL Draft sixth round pick.
The Las Vegas Raiders showed solidarity by displaying Hamlin’s No. 3 jersey above the entrance of its arena – Allegiant Stadium.
Niagara Falls was lit up in blue on Tuesday tonight in support of Hamlin and the Buffalo Bills
Hamlin remains in hospital for intensive treatment after going into cardiac arrest on Monday
The Cincinnati Bangels’ Paycor stadium, where Hamlin collapsed, shone in blue on Tuesday
Mayor Bryon Brown had Buffalo’s City Hall display the Bills’ red and blue colors on Tuesday
The San Francisco 49ers’ Levi Stadium showed Damar Hamlin’s jersey number on its billboards
The Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium was lit up with the Bill’s red and blue colors, Tuesday
The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami – home of the Dolphins – also shone in red and blue, Tuesday
The Great Lakes region in upstate New York, which the city of Buffalo is a part of, also rallied for the team on both sides of the New York-Ontario border. The Ontario-based Niagara Parks commission illuminated Niagara Falls in blue in honor of Hamlin.
‘Our collective thoughts are with him, his family, his team and the City of Buffalo,’ the commission wrote.’
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced on Tuesday that the dome of City Hall would be lit in red and blue ‘to signify our collective prayers for Damar Hamlin, his family, the Bills organization and his complete recovery.’
The city’s only other professional sports team – the Buffalo Sabres – had their players arrive before their overtime win against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday wearing shirts emblazoned with ‘LOVE FOR 3,’ Hamlin’s jersey number.
‘There’s an emotional connection to the city from our team,’ general manager Kevyn Adams said postgame.
Mary Friona-Celani, who founded the Totally Buffalo website and stores to celebrate the region, said she’s been inundated with requests for a No. 3 T-shirt from fans who want to show support.
‘Sports is our relief from politics and tragedy and death and destruction and so we turn to it. And when this happened it’s just a sucker punch,’ she told The Associated Press. ‘And then to see these big, strong guys crying and just so heartsick, how could you not be affected by that?’
A snowy Empower Field at Mile High – home of the Denver Broncos – also paid tribute to Hamlin
The Las Vegas Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium opted to show Hamlin’s jersey number in Bills colors
Caesar’s Superdome in New Orleans – home to the Saints – was lightened up in Bills colors too
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ TIAA Bank Field had components of its roof covered in red and blue
In another sign of support for Hamlin, every NFL team changed its Twitter avatar to a custom-made graphic with the safety’s No. 3 jersey along with the words: ‘PRAY FOR DAMAR.’
The NFL’s official Twitter account also shared footage of all 32 teams embracing in solidarity, along with the caption: ‘Football is family.’
The league also announced the suspended Bills-Bengals game would ‘not be resumed this week’ and that it has no clarification ‘regarding the possible resumption of the game at a later date.’
As of Wednesday, Hamlin remains in intensive care at a Cincinnati hospital in Ohio though he is slowly showing encouraging signs of recovery.
Buffalo Sabres players arrived in D.C. wearing shirts in support of Hamlin on Tuesday e
Sabres players wore shirts that said ‘Love for 3’ before they faced the Capitals in Washington
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