“He’s a fighter, he’s a dang legend,” Rex Ryan fights back tears as he talks about Damar Hamlin and his spine-chilling injury

Rex Ryan couldn't hold back his tears as he talks about Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin.


“He’s a fighter, he’s a dang legend,” Rex Ryan fights back tears as he talks about Damar Hamlin and his spine-chilling injury

Rex Ryan and Damar Hamlin

Damar Hamlin‘s journey for the past week has inspired and brought the league together. His tragic collision with Bengals’ wideout Tee Higgins resulted in him suffering a cardiac attack and had to be administered CPR before being transported to the UC Medical Center.

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The most beautiful and inspirational moment came when the first thing Hamlin asked after regaining consciousness was, “Did we win?” The entire sports fraternity applauded the young safety and wished him a speedy recovery.

Fans, critics, and players were in tears after receiving the news of Damar’s recovery. However, former Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan was one of the few that were moved and choked on his tears as he talked about the heroics of Damar Hamlin.

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Rex Ryan says he needed Damar Hamlin to recover as a dad and as a coach

Rex Ryan and Damar Hamlin
Rex Ryan and Damar Hamlin

Rex Ryan, the former head coach turned analyst, broke down as he talked about Damar Hamlin on the ESPN show NFL Countdown. “When he came out [and said] ‘Did we win?’,” Ryan said as he fought hard to stop the tears from rolling down his cheeks. “We needed that. As fans, we needed it. This guy is a legend, You talk about a fighter? Dang right he’s a fighter, he’s a dang legend. Thank you, I needed it as a dad, as a coach, and as a fan of this game.”

Rex Ryan was the head coach for the New York Jets from 2009-2014 and then moved on to coach the Buffalo Bills for a year. Despite spending little time in Buffalo, Ryan got to experience the strong bond the players share and how tight their community is. Ryan has never shied away from showing his emotions on live TV and his raw moment as he talked about Damar Hamlin also moved the fans.

The NFL continues to honor Hamlin as he has recovered and has been seen face timing his teammates at Buffalo and sending tweets to thank everyone for their love and support. All stadiums across the league highlighted their stadiums with Damar’s jersey number ‘3’ along with a heartfelt message. The NFL has given club players the choice to wear “Love for Damar 3” T-shirts during pregame warmups.

Before their Saturday night encounter, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans came together and knelt as they prayed for Damar Hamlin, showing that some things are more significant than football. The league has shown immense support to Hamlin and his family. The league officials agreed to cancel the Week 17 Bills-Bengals game, opening themselves up to a lot of criticism and problem, but they went ahead and did that as they felt it was important not to resume the game.

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Damar Hamlin continues to improve and has been face-timing his friends and having a lively chat with them as videos flood the internet with the Bills safety smiling.

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