Buffalo Bills Return Opening Kickoff for Touchdown in First Play since Damar Hamlin’s Collapse

The Buffalo Bills returned to the field for the first time today since safety Damar Hamlin suffered an on-field cardiac arrest.

The team delivered the perfect Hollywood movie moment.

On the first play of the game against the New England Patriots, running back Nyheim Hines caught a short kickoff and went 96 yards for a touchdown to give Buffalo a 7-0 lead.

Bills fans erupted. As did social media.

Damar Hamlin, watching the game from a hospital in Cincinnati couldn’t believe it and posted on social media and said: “OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Players from both teams wore shirts honoring Hamlin in warmups.

Patriots players wore black sweatshirts with the words “Love for Damar” on the front.

Bills players wore T-shirts with Hamlin’s likeness or number on the front and back.

Shortly before the game, Hamlin, posted a photo of himself and his family preparing to watch from his hospital bed.

He also sent a heartfelt message to his supporters:

“Nothing I Want More Than To Be Running Out That Tunnel With My Brothers.

“God Using Me In A Different Way Today.

“Tell Someone You Love Them Today.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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