NFL-Bills' Hamlin thanks fans in first message since cardiac arrest
Jan 7 (Reuters) - Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin on Saturday thanked his fans for all their support in his first message just days after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game and asked that they keep praying for his recovery.
Hamlin collapsed after making a tackle on Monday against the host Cincinnati Bengals and had to have his heartbeat restored on the field, but has made remarkable strides since.
"Putting love into the world comes back 3xs as much ... thankful for everyone who has reached out and prayed. This will make me stronger on the road to recovery, keep praying for me!" Hamlin, 24, tweeted.
Hamlin's message was posted during a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders in which players wore "Love for Damar 3" T-shirts in support of the Bills player during their warmups.
"This week it's been hard for a lot of guys," Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said after the game. "But to have him being able to talk and be able to be with his family, it gave us that motivation that we can come out here and still enjoy this game that we all love.
"Hopefully, he can continue to get better and better and know that we are all still praying for him. We all send love to him and hopefully he is back of the field sooner rather than later."
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Leslie Adler)