Bills trainer who performed CPR on Damar Hamlin receives touchdown ball

Bills trainer who performed CPR on Damar Hamlin receives touchdown ball

Bills trainer who performed CPR on Damar Hamlin receives touchdown ball

  • After Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the field last Monday, Bill’s assistant trainer Denny Kellington was the one performing CPR.
  • On Sunday, Bill’s receiver John Brown scored a touchdown and passed the ball to Kellington.
  • Both doctors and coaches paid tribute to Kellington and the rest of the Bills training staff for their quick action in saving Hamlin’s life.

Tributes for the safety of Bill’s Damar Hamlin took place in the NFL this weekend as the league returned to action on the field for the first time since his cardiac arrest.

In Buffalo’s first-ever game since the game against the Bengals was canceled Monday night, running back Nyheim Hines took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown against the New England Patriots in a moment when screenwriters would have looked for something more subtle.

But another significant tribute came during Sunday’s Bills game by wide receiver John Brown.

Brown, who only returned to the Bills in November after stints on several other teams, scored his first touchdown in two years, hitting quarterback Josh Allen with a deep ball.

After his score, he handed the touchdown ball to Bill’s assistant coach Denny Kellington, who administered CPR to Hamlin immediately after he took the field last week.

The story of Hamlin’s recovery involved many heroes, including Kelington.

The Bills took a moment before Sunday’s game to acknowledge members of the medical and coaching staff for helping prevent a tragedy on Monday night.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott paid tribute to Kellington and the entire Bills medical and training staff for their quick and brave actions as he spoke to reporters for the first time since Hamlin’s injury last week.

“Denny is one of our assistant coaches. Nate Breske is our head coach. Just like everything else, the whole team, our medical team, they go over their drills for things like that, but we’re never there to see that. As they say, practice pays off and in this case it did,” he said.

“For an assistant to find themselves in this position, they must take the actions they did to step up and take responsibility as they did. There were others in the field too. It’s amazing. The courage it took to do it. You speak of a real leader, a real hero who saved Damar’s life. I admire his strength.”

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